By Monsurah Olatunji
Nigeria midfielder Moses Simon has reinstated the importance of team victory over individual accolades after being named the Man of the Match in the 1-0 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-final triumph over Angola.
The 28-year-old winger claimed his second Man-of-the-Match award in the ongoing campaign after also earning the accolade against Guinea-Bissau in the group stage.
His assist for Lookman’s winner was a vital contribution as Nigeria advanced to the last four in their bid for a fourth African crown.
The Nantes player also gave insight into Osimhen’s mentality as a player who prioritizes team success over personal glory, while backing the Napoli striker to rediscover his scoring touch in subsequents matches.
“I am really happy about the victory against Angola and I feel very happy because the win is for Nigerians. You can be a Man-of-the-Match and your team loses the game,” Simon told media.
“I really appreciate the support Nigerians have given to the Super Eagles and they should keep supporting us.
“The atmosphere is good in the team. Osimhen is thinking about winning, not just scoring.
“If he gets a chance to score he will take it, but he’s focused on the team’s victory first.”