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Moses Simon

Moses Simon
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Simon with Gent in 2015
Personal information
Full name Moses Daddy-Ajala Simon
Date of birth (1995-07-12) 12 July 1995 (age 23)[1]
Place of birth Jos, Nigeria
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Levante
Youth career
2003-2013 GBS Academy
2013 Ajax
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014-2015 Tren?ín 33 (13)
2015-2018 Gent 108 (21)
2018- Levante 0 (0)
National team?
2013-2015 Nigeria U20 5 (0)
2015- Nigeria 20 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 6 August 2018
? National team caps and goals correct as of 14 April 2018

Moses Daddy-Ajala Simon (born 12 July 1995) is a Nigerian footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish La Liga club Levante and the Nigeria national team.[2]

Career

Early career

Born in Jos, Moses Daddy-Ajala Simon is a product of the famed GBS Academy, the same football academy in Nigeria that produced the likes of Ahmed Musa.[3] He was linked with Nigerian Premier League club Kaduna United, as many professional clubs around the world were also eager to sign him.[4] On 10 May 2013 it was announced that Moses Daddy had signed a pre-contractual agreement with Dutch club AFC Ajax to join them in pre-season training, having previously been linked with Liverpool F.C. and Tottenham Hotspur.[5] He made his first appearance for Ajax on 13 July 2013 in pre-season friendly match against De Graafschap, coming on as a substitute player and scoring the third and final goal in the 64th minute of the match, in a 3-0 away win.[6] He made a further appearance on 17 July, playing for the reserves team Jong Ajax in a pre-season friendly match against Voorschoten '97, scoring the second goal in the 5-0 home win.[7] On 25 July 2013 it was announced that Ajax would not sign the young Nigerian, ultimately waiving him from the pre-season roster.[8][9] After the announcement discussions commenced with AS Tren?ín; Ajax partner club in Slovakia, which is owned by former Ajax player Tschen La Ling.[10]

AS Tren?ín

On 13 January 2014, Simon signed three-year contract for Slovak side AS Tren?ín.[11][12] He would join his compatriot Kingsley Madu.[13] He made his league debut in a 1-1 draw against MFK Ko?ice starting on the right wing alongside Gino van Kessel who was on loan from Ajax.[14] He made his International debut during the club's 2014-15 UEFA Europa League campaign, when he was introduced during the second preliminary round of the competition, in the home match against FK Vojvodina Novi Sad from Serbia (played at the stadium in Dubnica, Slovakia). Moses Daddy scored a hat trick on his debut in the 4-0 win at home.[15] AS Tren?ín would eventually get eliminated in the following round, drawing at home, and falling 2-1 away against Hull City.[16]

In October 2014 ESPN sports prepared a scouting report on Moses Simon and the report linked the winger with a move to Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Hull City along with a potential return to Ajax.[17] The situation evolved into a bidding war between Dutch club SC Heerenveen and KAA Gent, with the later contractually securing the winger for three years.[18]

KAA Gent

Simon with KAA Gent, 2015

On 6 January 2015 it was announced that KAA Gent had signed Moses Simon to a 3-year contract.[19] He made his debut for Gent on 17 January 2015 in a 3-1 win against Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz in league play.[20] His second appearance occurred four days later in a 1-0 home win against Sporting Lokeren in the Belgian Cup, in which Simon was sent off 30 seconds after he entered the field.[21] In his third league game, again versus Sporting Lokeren, Simon scored a hat trick after which he was named Belgian league player of the week. He quickly became a key player in coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck's formation and helped Gent win their first ever national Championship title in May 2015.[22] Two months later, Simon assisted Laurent Depoitre's winning goal in the 2015 Belgian Super Cup against cup winners Club Brugge.[23]

Levante

On 6 August 2018, Simon joined Spanish La Liga side Levante on a five-year contract.[24]

International career

Moses Daddy-Ajala Simon plays for the Nigeria selection. He received his first call-up by coach Daniel Amokachi in March 2015 and made his debut on the 25th of the same month in an international friendly against Uganda, when he replaced Anthony Ujah after 59 minutes in the game.[25] Simon scored his first goal for Nigeria in an international friendly against Niger on 8 September 2015, the second in a 2-0 win.[26] He was selected by Nigeria for their 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[27]

In May 2018 he was named in Nigeria's preliminary 30 man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.[28] However, he did not make the final 23 due to injury.[29]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 20 May 2018
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Tren?ín 2013-14[30] Slovak Super Liga 14 7 -- -- -- 14 7
2014-15[30] Slovak Super Liga 19 6 2 1 4[a] 3 -- 25 10
Total 33 13 2 1 4 3 -- 39 17
Gent 2014-15[30] Belgian Pro League 17 7 3 0 -- -- 20 7
2015-16[30] Belgian Pro League 32 3 3 0 5[b] 0 1[c] 0 41 3
2016-17[30] Belgian First Division A 30 5 2 0 10[a] 0 -- 42 5
2017-18[30] Belgian First Division A 29 6 2 0 2[a] 0 -- 33 6
Total 108 21 10 0 17 0 1 0 136 21
Career total 141 34 12 1 21 3 1 0 175 38
  1. ^ a b c Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  3. ^ Appearance in Belgian Super Cup

International

As of match played 27 March 2018[31]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Nigeria 2015 8 3
2016 5 0
2017 5 1
2018 2 0
Total 20 4

International goals

As of match played 27 March 2018. Nigeria score listed first, score column indicates score after each Simon goal.[31]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
No. Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1 8 September 2015 Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Nigeria 4  Niger 2-0 2-0 Friendly
2 11 October 2015 Edmond Machtens Stadium, Brussels, Belgium 6  Cameroon 2-0 3-0 Friendly
3 17 November 2015 Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Nigeria 8  Swaziland 1-0 2-0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
4 4 September 2017 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon 17  Cameroon 1-0 1-1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours

KAA Gent

External links

References

  1. ^ DADDY SIMON MOSES 8 March 2014, corgonliga.sk
  2. ^ Moses Daddy-Ajala Simon profile 14 February 2014, Soccerway.com
  3. ^ Liverpool battle Tottenham for Nigerian starlet Moses Daddy-Ajala 4 April 2013, Daily Star
  4. ^ NPFL clubs vie for teenage star 'Moses Daddy' 5 March 2013, Supersport.com
  5. ^ Ajax sign Nigerian sensation 10 May 2013, Supersport.com
  6. ^ Ajax defeats De Graafschap after win at RKC 14 July 2013, Ajax.nl
  7. ^ Jong Ajax wint ruim van Voorschoten 17 July 2014, Ajax Showtime
  8. ^ Moses Daddy-Ajala Simon niet onder contract bij Ajax 25 July 2014, Ajaxcafe.nl
  9. ^ Official: Ajax Amsterdam Did Not Offer Moses Daddy-Ajala Simon A Contract 25 July 2014, All Nigeria Soccer
  10. ^ Moses Daddy naar AS Trencin 9 January 2014, Ajax Showtime
  11. ^ Nigeria U20 duo join Slovakian club 13 January 2014, supersport.com
  12. ^ Mladí Nigérij?ania podpísali s AS Tren?ín zmluvy na tri roky 14 January 2014, profutbal.sk
  13. ^ Mladí Nigérij?ania podpísali s AS Tren?ín zmluvy na tri roky, Profutbal.sk, citováno 9. 7. 2014 (in Slovak)
  14. ^ MFK Ko?ice VS. Tren?ín 1-1 14 January 2014, profutbal.sk
  15. ^ Predkolo EL: Ko?ice prehrali, Tren?ín vyhral 4:0, Trnava remizovala, SME.sk, citováno 16. 7. 2014 (in Slovak)
  16. ^ Angli?an Lawrence uspel na skú?ke v AS Tren?ín, Profutbal.sk, citováno 13. 8. 2014 (in Slovak)
  17. ^ "Nigerian striker Moses Simon making his name at Slovakian side AS Trencin". ESPNFC.com. Retrieved 2018. 
  18. ^ "[Update] Daddy voor drie jaar naar Gent". www.ajaxshowtime.com. Retrieved 2018. 
  19. ^ 'Ajax en Heerenveen vissen achter het net' 6 January 2015, Voetbal.com
  20. ^ Moses Simon debuts in Gent win 18 January 2015, Africanfootball.com
  21. ^ Moses Simon red carded in Belgium 22 January 2015 SL10.ng
  22. ^ KAA Gent are the Champions of Belgium Archived 9 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine. 21 May 2015 KAA Gent
  23. ^ KAA Gent win Super Cup after beating Club Brugge Archived 16 February 2016 at the Wayback Machine. 16 August 2015 KAA Gent
  24. ^ "Moses Simon se compromete con el Levante por las próximas cinco temporadas" [Moses Simon joins Levante for the next five seasons] (in Spanish). Levante UD. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 2018. 
  25. ^ Nigeria vs. Uganda match report 26 March 2015 soccerway.com
  26. ^ Nigeria vs. Niger match report 8 September 2015 soccerway.com
  27. ^ Oluwashina Okeleji (24 June 2016). "Kelechi Iheanacho included in Nigeria's Olympics squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2016. 
  28. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad - 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced? | Goal.com". Retrieved 2018. 
  29. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/football/44346451
  30. ^ a b c d e f "M. Simon Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 2018. 
  31. ^ a b "Moses Simon NFT". National Football Teams. Retrieved 2018. 

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