Nigerian International and Chelsea forward Victor Moses has had several career challenges that have pushed him to his best, both home and away.
We see an amazing player who has done remarkably well for Nigeria in the past months, but there’s more to the challenges that have shaped Moses into the Super Star we know today.
After the death of his missionary parents in a sharia crisis, young Moses had several threats to his life, and in a bid to help preserve the already brokenhearted child, family friends and relatives sent Victor Moses abroad to seek asylum.
While in the UK, a family in south London took him in and fostered him.
Moses almost never talks about this period of his life.
Moses’ Childhood In Nigeria
Born on December 12, 1990 to two christian missionaries, Mr. Austin and Mrs. Josephine living in Kaduna, Nigeria, Moses discovered his love for football at a very tender age and pursued his dreams despite the hardships that followed.
At age eleven, the youngsters jolly life was filled with tears and darkness when he lost both parents to a sharia conflict. Victor Moses narrated that he had left his home at the time to play football with friends, unbeknownst to him that he would never see his parents alive again. When eleven year old Moses got back, he found his house and everything his parents had labored for engulfed in flames with both parents murdered in cold blood.
The situation of things went from bad to worse for the youngster when the threats on his life would not stop. It was at this point that he traveled to the UK to seek refuge.
Life In The UK For Moses
As time moved on, Young Moses began to let go of the hurt and eventually became emotionally more stable as he resumed doing well in school.
Victor Moses was not just great on the pitch but in class too; his GSCE results were above UK’s national average.
Soon enough thirteen year old Victor Moses would lead Whitgift to the final of the U14 Schools Cup, where they met Healing School in a final staged at King Power Stadium.
Whitgift won the match 5-0, with Moses scoring all five goals.
Moses Began His Professional Career At Age 17
Moses started off his professional career in 2007 with Crystal Palace on a four year contract deal. However in January 2010, he moved to Wigan for £2.5 million.
After two seasons in Wigan, Moses made a move to Chelsea. After 23 matches, he was loaned out to Liverpool FC for the 2013/2014 season, and then to Stoke City for 2014/2015 season.
This trend seemed like it would be a recurring one in his career with Chelsea. Nonetheless Moses did not waver in his performance for Stoke City in the premier league; scoring and making assists for the club.
In 2015, Moses moved to West-Ham on a season lone, but before this he signed a four year deal with Chelsea, which will keep him on the books for the Europe giant till 2019.
Despite the promise of an even brighter future as an England International, Victor Moses opted to play for Nigeria making his debut for the Super Eagles in March 2011 in games against Ethiopia and Kenya, and has ever since been an integral part of the Super Eagles.
Moses helped the Nigeria senior men’s team qualify for the final rounds of the FIFA 2018 World Cup tourney.
Victor Moses is a proud father of two; Brentley, 6, and Nyar 3.