Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa returns to Kano Pillars

This will be Ahmed Musa's second stint with Kano Pillars, after time with Leicester City, CSKA Moscow and Al Nassr. Ulrik Pedersen/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Nigeria captain Ahmed Musa has signed a short-term deal with his boyhood club Kano Pillars.

Musa's deal with the former Nigeria champions will see him play until the end of the season, although he would be free to leave if a offer comes in from abroad.

The former Leicester City man has been without a club since parting ways, by mutual consent, with Saudi Arabia's Al Nassr last October.

He is keen stay fit for Nigeria's upcoming World Cup qualifiers, starting in June

"It is good for me to join Pillars because this is where I started from and it also helps to improve the profile of the league," Musa told ESPN.

"Playing for them will help me keep myself in shape before June, so I can take part in the qualifiers."

Musa has received offers from teams in Russia, England and Turkey, but is taking his time to come to a decision.

"In the end, I want something that will be good for my family, so I don't want to rush," he added.

Musa's acquisition is a major coup for the Nigeria Professional Football League, whose chairman Shehu Dikko helped propose and execute the idea of elite players and former Nigeria internationals returning from Europe to play in the domestic league.

The 28-year-old has his home in Kano, where he has built a sports and recreation complex and regularly carries out charity projects.

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Musa made his career breakthrough at Kano Pillars, where he became league topscorer during the 2009-10 season, scoring 18 goals before moving to Europe.

He has made 96 appearances for Nigeria, the latest of which was last month's victory over Lesotho during African Cup of Nations qualifying.