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James Musa

James Musa
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Musa playing for Saint Louis FC in 2016
Personal information
Full name James Mzamo Musa[1]
Date of birth (1992-04-01) 1 April 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Plymouth, England
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder / Centre back
Club information
Current team
Phoenix Rising
Number 41
Youth career
2010 Wellington Phoenix
2012-2013 Fulham
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010-2011 Wellington Phoenix 3 (0)
2011 Waitakere City 21 (5)
2011-2012 Team Wellington 17 (1)
2012-2013 Fulham 0 (0)
2013 -> Hereford United (loan) 15 (0)
2013-2014 Team Wellington 15 (0)
2014 South Melbourne 28 (1)
2014-2015 Team Wellington 7 (0)
2015 Saint Louis FC 24 (2)
2015-2016 Team Wellington 6 (3)
2016 Saint Louis FC 27 (3)
2017 Swope Park Rangers 18 (0)
2017 Sporting Kansas City 1 (0)
2017 -> Swope Park Rangers (loan) 3 (0)
2018- Phoenix Rising 26 (0)
National team?
2011-2012 New Zealand U20 10 (3)
2012 New Zealand U23 10 (2)
2014- New Zealand 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 October 2018
? National team caps and goals correct as of 5 August 2014

James Mzamo Musa (born 1 April 1992) is a New Zealand footballer who currently plays for Phoenix Rising FC in United Soccer League.

Early life

Born in Plymouth, England, Musa and his family moved to New Zealand in 1999. Musa described New Zealand as "a good place to grow up".[2]

Club career

Wellington Phoenix

Scouted by the Phoenix as one of the club's mandatory Under-21 players, Musa, a schoolboy at Wanganui High School, signed a professional contract with the Wellington outfit in June 2010 prior to the start of the 2010-11 A-League season.[3]

Musa made his first team début on 27 November 2010 at home against Melbourne Victory, a game he started at left back in place of the suspended Ben Sigmund. It made him the 50th player to take the field for the Phoenix and also their 3rd youngest debutant behind Kosta Barbarouses and Marco Rojas.[4] Following the 2010/11 A-League season, Musa was released from the Phoenix.[5]

Waitakere City

Musa signed for Waitakere City in the Northern League, New Zealand in June 2011 to help prepare himself before the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup[6]

Following a successful 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup for the New Zealand U-20 team, he was linked with Bradford City in England. Despite early reports that Musa had signed a two-year deal with the Bantams, the deal fell through when the manager, Peter Jackson offered his resignation to the club.

In 2012 Musa again played for Waitakere City where he was able to get competitive games before the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Team Wellington

On 20 October 2011 Musa signed for Team Wellington to play in the ASB Premiership.[7] He scored his first goal for the club in a 3-2 last gasp win against Waikato FC on 5 February 2012.[8]

Musa helped Team Wellington to a 4th-place finish in the league where they went on to beat league winners Auckland City in a two leg semi-final 1-0 at home and 4-1 away to secure a place in the ASB Premiership Grand Final against Waitakere United where they succumbed to a 4-1 loss at Trusts Stadium, Auckland.


Following a substitute appearance for the New Zealand U-23 team at the London 2012 Olympic Games against Egypt at Old Trafford, Musa was approached by English Premier League club Fulham for a trial.[9]

After a successful trial, Musa put pen to paper and signed for Fulham on 31 August 2012. He joined on a one-year deal with an additional year option.[10] A week after joining Fulham, Musa was quickly able to adapt at Fulham[11]

It was confirmed on 4 January 2013 that James would go on a one-month loan to Conference National club Hereford United to gain first-team experience.[12] On 30 January 2013, his loan was extended by a further month,[13] and this was later extended again until 4 April 2013.[14] On 26 March 2013, Musa returned to Fulham due to illness.[15]

Musa was one of twelve players released by Fulham at the end of the 2012-2013 Premier League season.[16] After being released by the club, Musa was linked with Scottish Premiership side Hearts.[17]

Team Wellington and South Melbourne

After leaving Fulham, Musa returned to New Zealand, where he joined Team Wellington for the second time.[18]

Musa signed for South Melbourne of the National Premier Leagues Victoria in Australia on 7 March 2014,[19] and joined them following his sides 1-0 loss to Auckland City FC in the ASB Premiership grand final on 16 March 2014. The 1-0 loss to Auckland City FC was Musa's second successive defeat in the ASB Premiership grand final having previously lost to Waitakere United in 2012.

Saint Louis FC

On 25 February 2015 Musa signed with USL expansion club Saint Louis FC. Head coach Dale Schilly is quoted as saying "At 22 years old, James brings loads of experience to Saint Louis FC...His experiences with Fulham and the New Zealand National Team have helped shape him into a top player. He has demonstrated very good defending instincts, is good in the air, and possesses sound open-field defending and tracking."[20]

Return to Team Wellington

In November 2015, he returned to ASB Premiership to play for Team Wellington during the USL offseason.[21]

Return to Saint Louis FC

Musa returned to Saint Louis for the 2016 USL season.[22]

On 9 November 2016, Saint Louis FC announced that they had declined his contract option with the club for the 2017 season.[23]

Swope Park Rangers

On 30 November 2016, Swope Park Rangers, the reserve team for Sporting Kansas City, announced their signing of Musa along with his teammate from Saint Louis FC Parker Maher.[24]

Sporting Kansas City

In August 2017, Musa signed a first-team contract with Sporting Kansas City for the remainder of the 2017 season with options for 2018, 2019, and 2020.[25] On 12 August 2017 Musa made his first team debut against Seattle Sounders FC.

Phoenix Rising FC

On 1 March 2018, Musa signed with Phoenix Rising FC who play in the United Soccer League.[26]

International career

Musa was selected for the New Zealand U-20 team to compete in the 2011 OFC U-20 Championship in April 2011 and the Suwon Cup in Korea. During the OFC U-20 championship he played in all four matches, scoring a hat-trick during the group stage and helping the Junior All Whites win the tournament and secure qualification to the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup at which he played all three games against Cameroon, Uruguay and Portugal.[27]

In February 2012, Musa was selected in New Zealand's 20 man squad to play two friendly matches against Saudi Arabia, coached by former FC Barcelona Manager Frank Rijkaard in Melbourne, Australia in preparation for the 2012 OFC Men's Pre-Olympic Football Tournament to be held in Taupo, New Zealand.

On 25 March 2012 the New Zealand U-23 men's team secured qualification for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London with a 1-0 win over Fiji with a coolly finished penalty from Greg Draper. Musa played a big role in the Heart of defence during the qualifying campaign with the New Zealand U-23 team going through unbeaten. He also scored 2 goals during the tournament.

On 21 June 2012, Musa was named as one of the 6 defenders in Neil Emblen's 18-man squad for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, with Ryan Nelson named as captain and as one of the three overage players.[28]

Musa made one appearance for the New Zealand U-23 team at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. He came on at left back in the 1-1 draw against Egypt in place of the injured Ian Hogg in the 63rd minute at Old Trafford.

Musa was called into the All Whites squad for a 30 May friendly in Auckland against South Africa by interim coach Neil Emblen. Musa made his international debut on 30 May 2014 against South Africa, coming on as a substitute. The match ended in a nil-all draw.


  1. ^ "List of Players -- 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^ "Academy Insight: James Musa". Fulham Official Website. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "Musa lands first professional gig". Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ Gilhooly, Daniel (26 November 2010). "James Musa set to debut for Wellington Phoenix". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ Layland, Christian (29 June 2011). "Hyundai A-League transfers 2011/2011". The Football Sack. Archived from the original on 3 August 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ "Musa models on ex-Wolves star". wanganuichronicle.co.nz. 19 July 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "Exodus TW Signs Musa". tw.org.nz. 20 October 2011. Archived from the original on 17 September 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "Waikato 2 - 3 Wellington". asbpremiership.co.nz. 5 February 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "Phoenix reject Musa set to join Fulham". Stuff.co.nz. 20 April 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Soccer: Fulham sign Musa". New Zealand Herald. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Phoenix reject Musa loves life at Fulham". Stuff.co.nz. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  12. ^ "Musa Joins Bulls". Fulham FC. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ "Musa Extends Loan Spell". Hereford United FC. Archived from the original on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 2013.
  14. ^ "Kaca Joins Clarets On Loan". Fulham FC. Retrieved 2013.
  15. ^ "Musa Returns To Fulham". Hereford United FC. Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  16. ^ "Summer transfer window: Ins and Outs". Premier League. Archived from the original on 1 January 2016. Retrieved 2013.
  17. ^ "Hearts take New Zealand's James Musa on trial". Edinburgh Evening News. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  18. ^ "Ex-Fulham player James Musa returns to NZ". Stuff.co.nz. 3 September 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ "SOUTH SIGNS FORMER FULHAM UNDER 21 DEFENDER MUSA". South Melbourne Official Website. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  20. ^ http://saintlouisfc.com/musabibbs[dead link]
  21. ^ "James Musa signs for Exodus Team Wellington". Retrieved 2018.
  22. ^ "Saint Louis FC Makes Roster Announcement". Saint Louis FC. Retrieved 2015.
  23. ^ Staff, USLSoccer.com (9 November 2016). "Saint Louis FC Makes Roster Moves for 2017 Season". Retrieved 2018.
  24. ^ "Swope Park Rangers adds Parker Maher and James Musa for 2017 season". Swope Park Rangers. Retrieved 2016.
  25. ^ Sam Kovzan (11 August 2017). "Sporting KC signs 25-year-old midfielder James Musa from Swope Park Rangers".
  27. ^ "FIFA U-20 World Cup Columbia 2011 - New Zealand - Squad List". FIFA.com. Retrieved 2011.
  28. ^ "NZ Football - HOME". www.nzfootball.co.nz. Retrieved 2018.

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