Nigerian forward Musa blossoms in Russia

Russian Premier League leaders CSKA Moscow's Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa says he hopes this season will turn out to be his best.

"After winning the African Nations Cup last month, now I have a solid chance to win the Russian title with CSKA," the 20-year-old striker was Monday quoted as saying by Sport Express daily.

"This season I also top the club's scorers' list and also have chances to top the league scorers' table, which is very encouraging. I love to score goals and to benefit my club."

CSKA top the table with 49 points from 21 matches, seven points ahead of closest rivals Anzhi Makhachkala.

Musa, meanwhile, has scored nine goals this season so far, three fewer than Spartak Moscow's Yura Movsisyan, who is top of the marksman chart.

Musa said he had seized his chance after fellow forwards Seydou Doumbia and Tomas Necid were sidelined with injuries, justifying coach Leonid Slutsky's trust in him.

"It's a serious responsibility to spearhead the attack of such an eminent club as CSKA. And I'm happy that our coach had chosen me for this position. I'll do my best to give him no chance to regret his decision."

Musa also said that he felt he was progressing well having joined the Red Army club last year from Dutch top-flight side VVV Venlo.

"We speak often with the chief coach Slutsky and he's always ready to give me good advice," Musa, who has scored four goals in 25 games for Nigeria, said.

"I feel I've learned plenty of new things here in Russia. It's a really great experience."

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