Moses Simon was once upon a time the first name on the team sheet of the Super Eagles of Nigeria but all that has changed since he missed out on the World Cup due to an injury picked up in training pitch to the tournament.
Simon is back in the team but in the last three competitive games of the team, the Levante forward didn’t make the bench and in the friendly game against Uganda, he was introduced as a second half substitute.
His spot in the team appears to have been taken by his former teammate at Gent Samuel Kalu of Bordeaux, who has established himself in the starting line up thanks to his performance in the last four games for Nigeria starting from his debut game against Seychelles.
Explaining how he moved ahead of Simon to some Nigerian journalist at a media parley organised in Lagos, Rohr said the injury to Simon which caused him to miss some games paved the way for Bordeaux man Kalu to snatch his spot in the national team of Nigeria.
”I know Kalu very well because he’s playing in Bordeaux, so I see a lot of games from his team. They bought him eight million euros from Gent, they scouted him for two years. We knew him already because he played for the same club as Moses Simon but at that moment Simon was better”, Rohr said in Lagos during the interactive session.
”Simon picked up an injury before the World Cup at the last moment and Kalu got the opportunity after the World Cup.”