Ambitious Al-Nassr raid Premier League for Nigeria star

Ahmed Musa has signed a four-year contract with Al-Nassr. (AFP)
Updated 03 August 2018
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Ambitious Al-Nassr raid Premier League for Nigeria star

  • Ahmed Musa becomes most expensive signing in Saudi Pro League history
  • He joins World Cup stars Amrabat, Ramos and Jones at the Riyadh club

Al-Nassr have smashed a Saudi Pro League record to sign Nigeria international Ahmed Musa.
The Riyadh club announced they have recruited the 25-year-old forward on a four-year deal after agreeing a fee with Premier League club Leicester City. Although the fee is undisclosed, respected website transfermarkt.co.uk document the fee at €16.5 million ($19.14 million), which would eclipse the €10.24 million Al-Ahli paid for Djaniny last month.
It is easily an Al-Nassr club-record buy, beating the €9.8 million Al-Nassr paid Al-Ettifaq for Saudi Arabia international Yahia Al-Shehri in 2013.


Leicester paid CSKA Moscow a club-record £16.6 million ($21.4 million) for Musa in 2016 and even though he scored two goals in 21 games for the Premier League club, they were seeking to recoup their outlay on the forward and turned down a bid of £12 million last month.
Musa added to his value by scoring both goals for Nigeria in their World Cup win over Iceland in Russia.
He joins a remodelled Al-Nassr squad that has been boosted by the arrival of other World Cup participants Nordin Amrabat, Christian Ramos and Brad Jones.
The four summer signings reflect Al-Nassr’s bid to kick-on from their third-place finish last season and mount a challenge to Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Jose Daniel Carreno’s also have a two-legged playoff match to qualify for the Asian Champions League on the horizon.

Al-Nassr’s top five most expensive signings

Ahmed Musa £14.85m
Yahia Al-Shehri £8.82m
Nordin Amrabat £7.65m
Naif Hazazi £6.12m
Hernane £4.77m


Saudi weightlifter Mansour Al-Saleem wins record 3 Asian gold medals

Updated 21 April 2019
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Saudi weightlifter Mansour Al-Saleem wins record 3 Asian gold medals

  • Al-Saleem won three gold medals in the snatch, jerk and combination in the 55kg weight category
  • The competition in Ningbo, in China's eastern province of Zhejiang, will continue for the next 8 days

RIYADH: Saudi national Mansour Abdulrahim Al-Saleem won three gold medals in the snatch, jerk and combination, ranking the first in the 55 kg weight category, at the Asian Weightlifting Championships in China.

He lifted 122 kilograms to head the standings, with Kazakhstan’s Arli Chontey and Malaysia’s Azroy Hazalwafie following on 113kg and 112kg, respectively.

The clean and jerk discipline saw Al-Saleem again head the leaderboard on 140kg.

Hazalwafie lifted just four kilograms less in second, while Sri Lanka’s Dilanka Isuru Kumara was third on 135kg.

Al-Saleem’s efforts in both disciplines saw him convincingly clinch the overall title with a combined 262kg.

He finished ahead of Hazalwafie on 248kg, while Chontey placed third on 246kg.

The champion set a new achievement by winning the first Asian gold medal in weightlifting for the Kingdom.

The president of the Saudi Weightlifting Federation, Mohammed Al-Harbi, thanked King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, sports officials and the Saudi people for supporting the field, which led to “such a great achievement.”

Amidst an arena full of a host of Olympic and international champions, Saudi Arabia’s national anthem was played and the Kingdom’s flag was raised, as Al-Saleem praised the ability of Saudi sportsmen in all international and regional sports sectors.

A further eight days of competition will continue for the next 8 days in China's eastern city of Ningbo, in Zhejiang province. Medals will be won across 20 categories, 10 for men and 10 for women.