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Sports News of Thursday, 6 January 2022


Simon Moses confident ahead Egypt opener

Nantes winger, Moses Simon Nantes winger, Moses Simon

Nantes winger, Moses Simon, has called for calm ahead of the Super Eagles’ 2021 Africa Cup of Nations opener against the Pharaohs of Egypt on January 11.

Egypt has in their ranks arguably the best player in the Premier League at the moment, Mohamed Salah, and manager Augustine Eguavoen’s biggest headache will be to tame the Liverpool sensation who has directly participated in 32 goals (23 goals, 9 assists) this season.

The Super Eagles’ chances of advancing from Group D may look easy on paper but things could become complicated if they lose to the Pharaohs in their opener.

“It’s really exciting. Good teams, our first game is against Egypt and we know what it takes, the last AFCON we came third and I believe we can go far,” Simon said.

“Nigerians should keep calm because even we also are threat to them so they should watch and see how we play.”

Of the 28 players Eguavoen has named in his finalized squad, 14 participated at the last Africa Cup of Nations and he has a good mix of youth and experience.

“It was a good one for me and the team, we know each other for a long. There are experienced players and there are non-experienced players in the Nations Cup.

“I believe it’s a good thing to encourage one another.”

Simon has set a target of the Super Eagles reaching at least the semifinals of the 2021 AFCON.