Top Nigerian Professional Football League coaches and players have urged unattached Super Eagles players to follow in the footsteps of Ahmed Musa and join clubs in the local league in order to remain in shape and improve the NPFL’s profile.

The Eagles captain completed a short-term shift to Kano Pillars for the rest of the season on Tuesday, which NPFL coaches and players believe would give the league a facelift.

The 28-year-old starred for Pillars in 2009 and ended the NPFL season as the top scorer, before his move to VVV Venlo.

Musa becomes the sixth notable Eagles star to return to the NPFL after the likes of Rashidi Yekini, Daniel Amokachi, Sani Kaita, Juwon Oshaniwa, and Michael Uchebo.

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“It’s a good decision because he (Musa) will lose shape if he doesn’t play competitively before the start of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers,” Sunshine Stars coach Gbenga Ogunbote said.

“Musa was completely correct in his decision, and it is worthy of imitation by other players who are yet to find clubs abroad.”

“Fantastic move,” said Plateau United coach Abdul Maikaba, “but I would have loved him to come to Jos.”

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