Saad Musa pens lengthy emotional message after leaving AFC Leopards

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FKFPL Saad Musa pens lengthy emotional message after leaving AFC Leopards

Festus Chuma 17:00 - 27.01.2024

South Sudanese footballer Saad Musa bids an emotional farewell to AFC Leopards, reflecting on challenges and gratitude for his journey.

South Sudan international Saad Musa has officially parted ways with AFC Leopards.

The 28-year-old attacking midfielder leaves the 12-time Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) champions as a free agent.

This move follows a mutual decision between the player and the club, as Musa's recent seasons have been marred by persistent injuries, which ultimately led to the non-renewal of his contract.

"In 2018, I joined one of the greatest teams in Africa, AFC Leopards, from Thika United. It has been a journey for which I give thanks to the Almighty," Musa stated, reflecting on his time with the team.

His tenure with AFC Leopards began under former head coach Rodolfo Zapata's guidance, a period marked by high hopes and significant potential.

The initial injury occurred during a training session at Camp Toyoyo, leading to a prolonged absence from the field.

"I tore my hamstring and was out for a couple of months. I played a few games, which I did well in, and then came the preseason under Coach Nikola," Musa recalls.

"My former team managers like Wama (George Maina) and the late Pudo always checked up on me, expressing concern over my frequent injuries," he noted.

The midfielder's resilience saw him overcome a hairline fracture in 2019, only to face further trials, including a brief but impactful stint in Spain.

"I went to Spain, did a trial, played a friendly game, and the agents were impressed," he recounted. However, the offer he received was not financially viable, prompting his return to AFC Leopards.

Tragedy struck Musa personally with the loss of his daughter, a moment he describes as the toughest of his life. Yet, he found solace and support in his teammates and fans during this dark time.

Musa's journey with AFC Leopards also included a national team call-up in 2020.

Injuries continued to plague Musa, with a shoulder injury in 2021 impacting his performance.

"I played through the pain, taping up my shoulder each time I was on the field," he revealed.

His time in Georgia presented another opportunity, but financial constraints led him back to Kenya and the national team.

The midfielder's final season with AFC Leopards was marked by a mix of triumph and challenges.

"In 2023, the first game against Ulinzi was beautiful, but I injured my ankle again," Musa said.

Musa's farewell message to AFC Leopards is filled with gratitude and emotion.

"My contract at the den is done, but what a journey it has been. Thanks for the beautiful nicknames like 'Pass Master' and 'Game Changer.' I am forever grateful. Adios," he stated, highlighting his affection for the club and its supporters.

Saad signed a contract renewal in July 2022, when he agreed to a new one-year deal with the club.

He made his debut on September 1, 2018, in a SportPesa Shield quarter finals match against Kenya Police FC at Bukhungu Stadium. 

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