Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick has joined in mourning the death of Al-Nassr of Saudi Arabia attacker, Ahmed Musa’s mother, Mrs Sarah Moses on Thursday afternoon.
Pinnick was in a sober mood after he got news of the death of Musa’s mother at a hospital in Abuja, following a brief illness, and promised total support from the NFF for the player.
Pinnick, who also revealed that adequate security will be accorded the star during his trying time, added that the generality of Nigeria’s football fraternity was taken aback by the loss of the Eagles’ attacker’s mum.
The NFF surpremo also called on soccer fans and stakeholders to share in the grief with Musa, who pointed out is Nigeria’s highest scorer at the FIFA World Cup, having scored four goals in each of the last two editions of the global soccer spectacle (2014 and 2018).
Musa, who was also a member of the Eagles’ squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa in 2013, has been the team’s stand-in captain since the World Cup, and led the team to earn qualification to this year’s Africa Cup of Nations with a match to spare.
Pinnick said: “This is a huge shock. It is always a thing of grief and pain to lose either of one’s parents, no matter how old they were before they passed on.
“We share in Ahmed Musa’s sorrow at this period and we pray that God will enable him to muster the courage and give him the fortitude to bear the loss. We also pray for the repose of the soul of the departed.
“Musa has always shown a high level of dedication and patriotism in all the matches he has played for Nigeria. Everyone is in sympathy with him at this period.
“I have spoken (about the matter) to the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung, who directed that I should ensure that the player was provided with adequate security at this period, especially his night movement to Jos.
“With the assistance of the Minister, I was able to get across to security operatives in Jos and they assured me of adequate security for Ahmed.”