AFCON AFCON 2023: Simon Puts Team Success Above Personal Accolades

After his side’s victory over Angola in the quarterfinals of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Nigerian winger Moses Simon stated that team success was more significant than individual honours.

The Super Eagles advanced to the semifinals with a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Simon that was set up by Ademola Lookman in the first half.

Although the Nantes player won the best player of the match award, he maintained that the success of the team came first.

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I’m very happy but the most important thing is that we won,” Simon told reporters in the post match press conference.

“You can be man of the match and your team loses the game.”

Victor Osimhen, a striker who has struggled to score recently, is another player Simon expected to find his scoring form.

The atmosphere is good in the team. Osimhen is thinking about winning, not just scoring,” he said.

“If he gets a chance to score he will take it, but he’s focused on the team victory first.”

The 28-year-old Simon won the Man of the Match title against Guinea-Bissau during the group stage, and he repeated the feat at this tournament.

His help for Lookman’s winner was a crucial factor in Nigeria’s run for a fourth African championship as they made it to the last four.

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