After being named man of the match in the Super Eagles' 1-0 triumph over Angola on Friday, Moses Simon is going from strength to strength on the international stage.
Another matchday, another solid display and after helping his side to secure victory over the Palancas Negras in the quarterfinals of the Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, the Nantes forward insisted that recording success with the team is more significant to him than individual honours.
The winger was instrumental to the Super Eagles‘ solitary strike win over Angola which saw the team advance to the semifinals for the 15th time in the country's AFCON history out of 19 total appearances.
Simon had breezed past defender Jonathan Buatu down the left flank and made his run into the box before finding the advancing Ademola Lookman, who rifled the shot in the 41st minute first half of the game.
Super Eagles success more important than personal glory
His performance on the night earned him the Man of the Match award but he maintained that the success of the team comes first, a statement echoed by Victor Osimhen.
“I’m very happy but the most important thing is that we won, you can be man of the match and your team loses the game,” said the 28-year-old who also won the award against Guinea-Bissau during the group stage.
Simon begs for more support from Nigeria fans
The Super Eagles have a semifinal date next Wednesday in the Ivorian city of Bouake against the winners of the quarter-final tie between Cape Verde and South Africa and Simon wants more support from his fellow countrymen as their quest for a fourth title chase continues.
“I am really happy for the victory against Angola and I feel very happy because the win is for Nigerians,” he continued.
“I really appreciate the support Nigerians have given to the Super Eagles and they should please keep supporting us until we deliver the trophy.”