Musa playing for Saint Louis FC in 2016
|Full name||James Mzamo Musa|
|Date of birth||1 April 1992|
|Place of birth||Plymouth, England|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder / Centre back|
|2013||-> Hereford United (loan)||15||(0)|
|2015||Saint Louis FC||24||(2)|
|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)|
|2011-2012||New Zealand U20||10||(3)|
|2012||New Zealand U23||10||(2)|
* 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
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.
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. Following the 2010/11 A-League season, Musa was released from the Phoenix.
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.
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.
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. A week after joining Fulham, Musa was quickly able to adapt at Fulham
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. On 30 January 2013, his loan was extended by a further month, and this was later extended again until 4 April 2013. On 26 March 2013, Musa returned to Fulham due to illness.
Musa signed for South Melbourne of the National Premier Leagues Victoria in Australia on 7 March 2014, 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.
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."
In November 2015, he returned to ASB Premiership to play for Team Wellington during the USL offseason.
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. On 12 August 2017 Musa made his first team debut against Seattle Sounders FC.
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.
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.
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.