Italian Serie A side Crotone were on the verge of cutting loose Nigerian striker Simy Nwankwo in January but they had few takers for the giant striker who has been included in Nigeria’s 30 man provisional list for the World Cup.
Simy wasn’t getting enough games and the club were looking for a club where he will go and get game time in a co-ownership deal but few clubs were interested in the forward who joined the team last summer from Portuguese side Gil Vincente.
The coming of coach Walter Zenga in December saved Simy’s season as the legendary Italian coach upon replacing Davide Nicola in December showed faith in the Nigerian.
Zenga was patient with the gangling striker until April when he scored the lone goal in their 1-0 win over Bologna. A strike he followed up with a stuning over head kick against Serie A winners Juventus.
From having just one goal before up until April he has now six more goals to take his tally to seven goals. A form which earned him a first time call up to the senior national team of Nigeria, and from being the player Crotone were willing to sell. He is now one player they are struggling to keep with Fiorentine waiting in the wings to pounce.