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The thing all de­fend­ers hate in strik­ers is speed. They hate turn­ing around, be­cause that is when they are at their weak­est, and it’s usu­ally for­wards with fiery pace who are able to un­set­tle them. Nige­ria have such a foot­baller in 24-year-old Le­ices­ter City at­tacker Ahmed Musa. Blessed with blind­ing speed, he’s in on goal be­fore the op­po­si­tion has had an op­por­tu­nity to blink. Musa came to promi­nence at Rus­sian club CSKA Moscow be­fore sign­ing for Le­ices­ter last sea­son. It proved to be a bit of a strug­gle adapt­ing to the English Pre­mier League and he was in and out of the team. He will be much bet­ter next sea­son, when he will be ex­pected to give full vent to his abil­ity to ter­rorise de­fences. De­spite his club strug­gles, Musa has, nev­er­the­less, been in top form for Nige­ria – and, in last week’s 3-0 friendly ham­mer­ing of Togo, he net­ted twice. He’s in scor­ing form; Bafana have been warned.

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