Our player to be profiled this week is Nigeria’s Moses Simon, who scored for the Eagles in the 1-1 draw against Cameroon in the FIFA World Cup qualifying game in Yaounde on Monday.
Born on July 12th 1995 in Jos, Plateau state, Moses Daddy-Ajala Simon began his youth career at GBS Academy, where he spent the better part of 10 years before catching the eye of Dutch giants Ajax, who fought off competition from Liverpool and Tottenham to secure the winger.
Despite making pre-season and reserve team appearances for Ajax and Jong Ajax (the reserve side), Simon wasn’t offered a senior contract by the four-time European champions, and in January 2014, he joined their partner club, Slovakian side AS Trencin.
He made his Trencin debut against MFK Kosice in a 1-1 draw, and he made his maiden UEFA Europa League appearance in the summer of 2014, where he scored a hatrick for Trencin in a Second Qualifying Round game against Serbians FK Vojvodina Novi Sad.
After 12 months with the Slovaks, where he scored 13 league goals in 33 games, Simon was snapped up by Belgian club KAA Gent in January 2015, and he helped the club to the Jupiler League title (the domestic championship) and the Belgian Super Cup that same year.
He was also part of the side that unexpectedly made it to the knockout round of the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League, beating the likes of Olympique Lyon, Valencia and Zenit St. Petersburg on the way, before being eliminated by German side Wolfsburg.
Moses Simon has been in the Nigeria Super Eagles setup since March 2015, when he got his first call-up from Daniel Amokachi and appeared in a friendly against Uganda.
He scored his first goal for the three-time African champions in September 2015, in a 2-0 victory over Niger and was in the 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio, although he didn’t make the final cut.