Gent of Belgium Nigerian duo Moses Simon and William Troost-Ekong were absent as the team picked up a win in their pre season training with a win in their first test game.
The club which is home to five Nigerian players in Moses Simon, William Troost-Ekong, Rabiu Ibrahim, Anderson Esiti and Samuel Kalu, only had Kalu and Esiti available for the game against CFU Drogen which they won 3-2.
Simon and Troost-Ekong have been linked with a move to newly promoted English Premier League team Brighton, but their absence from what we gathered is not connected to their proposed move away from the club.
” We were given extended break due to our involvement with the national team of Nigeria, we will join our teammates in training next week”, Moses Simon exclusively told Owngoalnigeria.com in a chat at his residence in Kaduna.
He was however non committal when we sought to know if he will be staying with the club or not despite reports linking him with a host of club after a fine end to last season’s.