Super Eagles forward, Moses Simon has been named the Nantes Player of the Month for April.
Simon received 59.51 percent of the total votes, edging out three of his teammates for the award.
The winger was competing for the prize against Quentin Merlin, Wylan Cyprien, and Kalifa Coulibaly. Merlin, one of Nantes’ most important players, received the honor in February and March.
In five league games for Nantes this month, Simon scored three goals and added one assist. After scoring twice in the Canaries’ 2-2 draw with Lens on Sunday, the Nigerian international was named to the Ligue 1 Team of the Week.
Simon had won the prize in September and had been nominated for it again in March. This season, the dynamic winger has six goals and eight assists in 32 games for Nantes in all competitions.
Simon joined Nantes on loan from Levante in LaLiga in 2019, and the French club exercised their option to buy him in 2020, with the Nigerian signing a four-year contract.
During the 2019/20 season, the Nigerian won the club’s Player of the Season award.
He formerly played for AS Trencin in Slovakia and KAA Gent in Belgium’s Pro League.
Simon has six goals in 45 appearances for the three-time African champions on the international stage.
Simon has been instrumental to the club’s form this season and despite missing on one of the European qualification slots, they are in a comfortable position in the league compared to the 2020/21 season, where they remained in the league by virtue of the relegation play-offs.
They’ll be playing against OGC Nice in the French Cup final today by 9pm.
Moses Simon nominated for 2022 Marc-Vivien Foe award
Super Eagles winger, Moses Simon of FC Nantes, is one of the twelve players on the final shortlist for the Marc-Vivien Foé Prize in 2022.
The Marc-Vivien Foé award is given to the finest player representing an African national football team in Ligue 1. It is named after the Cameroonian player who died in 2003 at the age of 28.
The award has previously been won by two Nigerians, with goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama winning in 2014 and Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen winning two years ago. Gael Kakuta of the Democratic Republic of Congo won the award last year.
Following his outstanding year with Nantes, Simon is a strong contender for the prize this year. One of the reasons why the Yellow Canaries are flying high in the French top flight is because of the Super Eagles star.
This season, the 26-year-old Nigerian international has produced 26 percent of Nantes’ league goals (three goals and seven assists). Simon’s efforts were recognized earlier this season when he was named player of the month for August and September by Nantes.
However, the dynamic winger will go up against 11 other African players, including Moroccan full-back Achraf Hakimi of Paris Saint-Germain and Cameroonian Karl Toko Ekambi of Olympique Lyon.
The winner will be announced on May 16, 2022.
Full List of Nominees
1. Yunis ABDELHAMID (Stade Rennes, Morocco)
2. Nayef AGUERD (Stade Rennes, Morocco)
3. Achraf HAKIMI (Paris Saint-Germain, Morocco)
4. Sofiane BOUFAL (Angers, Morocco)
5. Mohamed BAYO (Clermont Foot, Guinea)
6. Seko FOFANA (Ivory Coast, RC Lens)
7. Idrissa Gana GUEYE (Senegal, Paris Saint-Germain)
8. Wahbi KHAZRI (Tunisia, Saint-Étienne)
9. Mario Lemina (Gabon, OGC Nice)
10. Moses SIMON (Nigeria, FC Nantes)
11. Karl TOKO-EKAMBI (Cameroon, Olympique Lyonnais)
We tracked 78 matches which could potentially feature Nigerian players across 36 different leagues on an exciting Sunday of action. There were 37 Nigerian players in action and here are some of the top stories.
Rasheedat Ajibade (Athletico De Madrid – Primera Iberdrola)
Rasheedat Ajibade of the Super Falcons was among the scorers as Atletico Madrid cruised to a 4-1 victory over Granadilla Tenerife at home.
The 22-year-old scored the Spanish giants’ third goal of the afternoon and her tenth of the season to help them climb to third place in the league table.
She is currently having her best season since moving to Europe with 10 goals in 18 appearances. She scored 4 goals and 7 goals in consecutive seasons woth Avaldsnes before scoring 1 goal for Atletico Madrid last season.
Moses Simon leads FC Nantes to first French Cup final in 22 years
The last time Nantes won the competition was in 2000, and Monaco hadn’t won it since 1991, setting up a tense match that brought out the best in both teams.
After a thrilling semifinal match with Monaco concluded in a 2-2 tie, Nigerian forward Moses Simon scored the winning penalty to send Nantes to the Coupe De France final.
Moses was unable to play in Nantes’ goalless draw with Metz over the weekend owing to personal reasons.
Nantes boss Antoine Koumbare reintroduced the 26-year-old to the starting lineup, demonstrating his faith in him.
Despite this, Monaco took the lead in the 12th minute thanks to a header from Guillermo Maripan. Nantes, on the other hand, had gone 14 games without losing at home, and they demonstrated their tenacity with an equalizer midway through the first half.
Kolo Muani attempted to cross the ball to Simon but Monaco ace Sidibe slid in to divert the ball into his own net and that led to the equaliser.
At halftime, the two teams remained neck and neck, but Simon came close to putting the Yellow Canaries ahead soon after the hour mark.
The Nantes starboy did a fantastic job on the left wing to create space for a powerful shot, but Monaco goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel made a spectacular stop at his near post.
However, in the 74th minute, La Beaujoire trembled as home fans erupted in applause as Samuel Moutoussamy nudged home Nantes’ second goal of the night.
But the celebrations were short-lived, as Monaco equalized through substitute Myron Boadu.
There was no winner during regulation time, therefore the game went straight to penalties.
Ben Yedder and Tchouameni both missed penalty attempts for Monaco, while Disasi and Volland both scored.
Nantes, on the other hand, scored all four of their kicks, with Simon scoring the game-winner for a 4-2 victory after Muani, Merlin, and Moutoussamy had put the Canaries in command.
Nantes will now have to wait until May to face Nice in the Coupe de France final.