Moses Simon stars as FC Nantes wins French Cup

Moses was outstanding for the Yellow Canaries, offering a threat to the Nice defense while also assisting on defense.

FC Nantes have won the French Cup for the first time in 22 years on Saturday, defeating Nice 1-0 in the final at the Stade de France.

Ludovic Blas’s early second half goal was enough to earn Nantes the club’s first major trophy since 2001.

Moses was outstanding for the Yellow Canaries, offering a threat to the Nice defense while also assisting on defense.

Alban Lafont, Andrei Girotto, Nicolas Pallois, Pedro Chirivella, Ludovic Blas, Marcus Coco, Samuel Moutoussamy, Jean-Charles Castelletto, Randal Kolo Muani, Moses Simon, Quentin Merlin, Fabio, Roli Pereira de Sa, Kalifa Coulibaly, Wylan Cyprien, Dennis Appiah, Jean-Kevin Augustin, Sebastien Corchia, and Osman Bukari of FC Nantes celebrating the win of the cup during the Coupe de France match between OGC Nice and FC Nantes at Stade de France on May 7, 2022 in Saint-Denis, France.

He had ten crosses, 28 touches, and three chances created. In the 73rd minute, he was substituted for Ghanaian international Osman Bukari.

Some days ago, the Nigerian was also named FC Nantes’ April player of the month for his blistering performances.

Nantes have now won the French Cup four times and have also qualified for Europe for the first time in two decades, earning a spot in the Europa League.

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Moses Simon goals vs RC Lens

Moses Simon scores a brace for Nantes in their French Ligue 1 encounter against RC Lens.

Moses Simon goals vs RC Lens

Moses Simon scores a brace for Nantes in their French Ligue 1 matchday 35 encounter against RC Lens.

His fifth and sixth league goals of the season. Watch below.

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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.

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.

Victor Osimhen wins the Marc-Vivien Foe award in 2020
Victor Osimhen wins the Marc-Vivien Foe award in 2020

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)

12. Hamari TRAORÉ (Mali, Rennes)

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Nigerian Team of the Week (March 4-7, 2022)

We tracked over 170 matches which could feature Nigerian players across 50 different leagues. Here are the weekend’s top performers.

Nigerian Team of the Week (March 4-7, 2022)

We tracked over 170 matches which could potentially feature Nigerian players across 50 different leagues. Here are the weekend’s top performers.

Goalkeeper – Maduka Okoye (Sparta Rotterdam) – Star of the Week

Maduka Okoye was in terrific form as he led his side, Sparta Rotterdam to a 1-0 win over Vitesse in the Dutch Eredivisie last weekend. 

Maduka made seven saves with one coming from the penalty spot.

Maduka Okoye - Star of the Week
Maduka Okoye – Star of the Week
Left Centre Back – Chidioze Awaziem (Alanyaspor FC)

Making his first start since the 22nd of December, 2021 for Alanyaspor was Chidioze Awaziem. 

He returned to the starting XI against Kayserispor as his team came out 2-1 winners. He made one successful tackle and had three clearances.

Centre Back – Valentine Ozornwafor (Royal Charleroi Sporting Club)

In the heart of defense, Valentine was imperious as his side, Royal Sporting Charleroi played out a goalless draw against Standard Liege in the Belgian Pro League. 

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The former flying eagles center half made two tackles and three interceptions in the entire duration of the game.

Right Centre Back – Kevin Akpoguma (TSG Hoffenheim)

Kevin Akpoguma was outstanding in his side’s 0-1 away win at FC Cologne in the German Bundesliga. 

The Super Eagles defender played 78 minutes, made five tackles and three interceptions.

Right Midfield – Moses Simon (FC Nantes)

The Nigerian international was unlucky not to find the back of the net in FC Nantes’ 2-0 win over Montpellier.

Moses completed three out five dribbles and hit the woodwork once.

Centre Midfield – Joe Aribo (Rangers FC)

The midfielder looked capable of making something happen when he did have the ball in the game against Aberdeen. 

Fortunately, he assisted the game’s only goal.

Centre Midfield – Iyayi Believe Antiemwen (Gorica FC)

The former Nigerian youth International played 82 minutes in Gorica’s four nill triumph over Hrv Dragovoljac.

He had a decent outing as he scored a goal, creates three goalscoring chances and was rated 7.6.

Left Midfield – Anthony Nwakaeme (FC Trabzonspor)

The 32-year old can’t stop scoring at the moment. He once again found the back of the net with an outstanding goal in Trabzonspor’s a 1-1 draw against Fenerbahce.

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In 22 appearances this season, Nwakaeme has ten goals and nine assists.

Left Forward – Rasheed Akanbi (Kocaelispor)

Rasheed Akanbi was the saviour for Kocaelispor over the weekend as his goal was enough to seal a 1-0 win over Ankara Keciörengücü.

The 22-year-old has scored six times and assisted twice in 21 appearances this term.

Right Forward – Terem Moffi (FC Lorient)

This season has not been Moffi’s finest in front of goal, the Lorient forward is up to four goals in Ligue 1 this term.

The one cap Eagle scored in the 4-1 demolition of his side by Olympique Lyonnais.

Centre Forward – Paul Onuachu (KRC Genk)

Paul Onuachu played all 90 minutes, as Genk forced Cercle Brugge to a 2-2 draw at the Jan Breydel stadium.

Onuachu had an impressive game with 45 touches and two shots on target. He was a constant thorn in the side of the opposition defence.

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Eagles Abroad: Matchday Review (March 6, 2022)

We tracked 78 matches across 36 different leagues on Sunday. There were 37 Nigerian players in action and here are some of the top stories.

Nigerians In Europe Sunday Review

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.

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Emmanuel Dennis, Samuel Kalu and Oghenekaro Etebo (Watford FC – Premier League)

Emmanuel Dennis, Watford’s top scorer, was a threat from start to finish, but his electrifying performance could not prevent them from a 3-2 to Arsenal at Vicarage Road.

As the Golden Boys searched a late equalizer, compatriot Samuel Kalu, signed in January from Girondins Bordeaux, made his Watford debut in the 89th minute. 

His first move of the game almost resulted into a goal but Aaron Ramsdale was there to make the save.

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Oghenekaro Etebo, a fellow Super Eagles player, was named to the Hornets’ bench for the second consecutive game. William Troost-Ekong was unable to play due to injury. 

Moses Simon (FC Nantes – Ligue 1)

In the French Ligue 1, Moses Simon was impressive in 90 minutes for Nantes as they defeated Montpellier 2-0 at home.

With the win, the Canaries moved up to sixth place on the log, four points off a European spot.

Simon’s penalty kick clinched Nantes’ spot in the Coupe de France final for the first time in 22 years only last week.

Moses SIMON of Nantes during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Nantes and Montpellier at Stade de la Beaujoire on March 6, 2022 in Nantes, France. (Photo by Franco Arland/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Moses SIMON of Nantes during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Nantes and Montpellier at Stade de la Beaujoire on March 6, 2022 in Nantes, France. (Photo by Franco Arland/Icon Sport via Getty Images)
Anthony Nwakaeme (Trabzonspor – Super Lig)

The 32-year old can’t stop scoring at the moment. He once again found the back of the net with an outstanding goal in Trabzonspor’s a 1-1 draw against Fenerbahce.

Nwakaeme scored the game’s first goal in the 22nd minute, giving Trabzonspor a 1-0 halftime lead.

In 22 appearances this season, Nwakaeme has ten goals and nine assists.

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Moses Simon leads FC Nantes to first French Cup final in 22 years

After a thrilling semifinal match against Monaco ended in a 2-2 tie, Simon scored the penalty to send Nantes to the Coupe De France final.

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.

FC Nantes celebrate reaching the Coupe de France final
FC Nantes celebrate reaching the Coupe de France final
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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. 

Moses Simon’s stats from the game

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.

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Nigerian Team of the Week (Feb 18-21, 2022)

As the month of February draws to an end, here’s the EaglesTracker Nigerian Team of the Week for this past weekend of action.

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Nigerian Team of the Week (Feb 18-21, 2022)

As the month of February draws to an end, here’s the EaglesTracker Nigerian Team of the Week for this past weekend of action.

Goalkeeper – Jerry Isaac (MFM FC)

Enyimba could not get a win for a dominant and spirited performance as it ended 1-1 against MFM FC at the Enyimba Stadium on Saturday evening. Jerry Isaac was a rock between the post for MFM as he made several saves in the game including a powerful header from substitute Godwin Emmanuel inside the box in the 81st minute. 

Left Centre Back – Zaidu Sanusi (FC Porto)

Sanusi had a beautiful performance as he helped FC Porto secure a hard-fought 1-0 victory away at Moreirense.

The win helped the Dragons maintained their lead as table toppers with 63 points, that’s 6 points better than second place Sporting Lisbon.

Zaidu Sanusi of FC Porto in action during the Liga Portugal Bwin match between Moreirense FC and FC Porto at Parque de Jogos Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas on February 20, 2022 in Moreira de Conegos, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
Zaidu Sanusi of FC Porto in action during the Liga Portugal Bwin match between Moreirense FC and FC Porto at Parque de Jogos Comendador Joaquim de Almeida Freitas on February 20, 2022 in Moreira de Conegos, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)
Centre Back – Calvin Bassey (Rangers FC)

At the left-hand side of the defence, Calvin was brilliant as his Scottish side Rangers FC came from a goal down to share the spoils away at Dundee United. 

In the 1-1 to draw, Calvin provided the assist to Joe Aribo ‘s equaliser.

Right Centre Back – Ayo Obileye (Livingston FC)

Ayo Obileye equally had a good shift in the Scottish Professional Football League as his side Livingston FC picked up one point at home to St Mirren.

Obileye before being subbed off in the 75th ensured the opposition attack had nothing to feed on.

Left Midfield – Moses Simon (FC Nantes)

The Nigerian international was a delight to watch on Saturday evening as he terrorised the Parisians on the road to a stunning home win

Nantes winger Moses Simon set a new assist-landmark after providing the opening goal in his side’s 3-1 victory over Paris St-Germain yesterday.

Moses delivered his 7th assist of the French Ligue 1 season. 

Centre Midfield – Joe Aribo (Rangers FC)

The 25-year-old Nigeria international rescued a point for the Gers against the Terrors at Tannadice Park after he scored in the 76th minute to cancel out Ross Graham’s 29th-minute opener.

Aribo has now scored seven top-flight goals for the Gers from 25 appearances, and his latest display has left many fans with mixed feelings.

Centre Midfield – Innocent Bonke (Lorient FC)

Innocent Bonke played 90 minutes of his side’s 0-1 loss to Montpellier. Despite him ending up on the losing side, the Nigerian was superb as he got a 7.0 rating. 

Right Midfield – Ademola Lookman (Leicester City FC)
Ademola Lookman goal vs Wolves
FEBRUARY 20: Ademola Lookman of Leicester City scores their team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on February 20, 2022 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Nigerian winger Ademola Lookman followed up his good outing in the Europa League where he bagged an assist with another impressive display for Leicester City on Sunday in the Premier League.

He scored his club’s sole goal in the 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

Left Forward – Emmanuel Dennis (Watford)

Emmanuel Dennis’s late header saw struggling Watford win 1-0 at Aston Villa as Roy Hodgson recorded his first win in charge of the Hornets.

The visitors’ hopes of staying in the Premier League had largely been written off by most after a dreadful recent run had seen them lose 10 of their last 12 games in all competitions heading to Villa Park – a sequence of results that had led to Hodgson’s arrival at the club

Right Forward – Anthony Nwakaeme (Trabzonspor)STAR OF THE WEEK

Anthony Nwakaeme returned to scoring form as he netted two goals in Trabzonspor’s 4-0 win away to Chidozie Awaziem’s in the Turkish Super Lig on Sunday. 

Centre Forward – Sadiq Umar (UD Almeria)

Nigeria international Umar Sadiq continued with his goal-scoring form in Spain after he grabbed two goals in Almeria’s 2-1 Segunda Division victory against Mirandes on Saturday.

Sadiq Umar goals vs Mirandes
FEBRUARY 20: Sadiq Umar celebrates his first goal against CD Mirandes. Photo Credit: La Liga Smartbank

The 25-year-old attacker grabbed the opener in the 69th minute before adding the second in the 72nd minute. Though Sergio Camello reduced the deficit for the away side in the added minutes, it was Almeria who held on to pick up their third straight victory in the league.

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Moses Simon goal vs Stade de Reims

Moses Simon opens the scoring for Nantes with a sublime free kick.

Moses Simon goal vs Stade de Reims

Moses Simon opens the scoring for Nantes with a sublime free kick in their French Ligue 1 match against Stade de Reims

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Moses Simon goal vs Stade Brestois

Moses Simon opened the scoring for FC Nantes in their French Ligue 1 match against State Brestois 29. Watch the goal.

Moses Simon goal vs Stade Brestois

Moses Simon opened the scoring for FC Nantes in their French Ligue 1 match against State Brestois 29.

Moses, 25, has now scored six goals for Nantes in the league this season.

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Moses Simon goal vs Stade Brestois

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Moses Simon goal vs Angers

Moses Simon opened the scoring for Nantes in their [1-3] French Ligue 1 victory vs Angers SCO. Watch the goal.

Moses Simon opened the scoring for Nantes in their [1-3] French Ligue 1 victory vs Angers SCO.

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