Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa
Super Eagles forward, Ahmed Musa, has ended the year with his club CSKA Moscow topping the Russian league with 43 points.
CSKA Moscow lead the standings two points clear of second-placed Anzhi.
Musa, who is CSKA Moscow top scorer with eight goals in the league, told MTNFootball.com he is thrilled his team are top of the championship halfway through the campaign, but winning the title at the end of the season remains the priority.
"I am happy that we maintained our leadership on the table and go into the long break as leaders. But that is not our target. We still have a lot of games to play and we won't lose focus when the league resumes so as to win the title," Musa said Tuesday.
He singled out the clash against Anzhi as the toughest for him so far.
"The game against Anzhi was tough. We did our best but we lost. I did all to score but didn't work out but its great we are on top," Musa said.
Meanwhile, top Nigerian football officials have revealed that Obafemi Martins has played his way back into the Super Eagles with his goals in the Spanish La Liga.
Martins, who played his first Eagles game under Stephen Keshi in last month’s friendly against Venezuela, was widely speculated to have missed out on the AFCON on the back of an indifferent showing against Venezuela.
"We know he didn't have the best of outings against Venezuela, but since after that game he has proved that he still has that killer instinct in front of goal with goals for Levante," a top team official hinted Tuesday.
“He is therefore very much part of Keshi’s plans for the AFCON.”
At the weekend, ‘Obagoal’ strengthened his claim for a place on the Eagles squad when he netted his sixth goal for Levante.
He has also provided six assists as his club climb up the standings.
This is a sharp departure from a few months ago when Martins’ first-team appearances for Russian club Rubin Kazan were limited due to loss of form and injuries.
However, the top team official maintained no player, whether based at home or abroad, is guaranteed an automatic shirt to next year’s Nations Cup.
"For the records, no player whether at home or abroad is guaranteed a shirt. They must prove themselves as we begin camping next week," he warned.