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Monday, 28 May 2018


Super Eagles attacker, Moses Simon has been ruled out of the 2018 World Cup following an injury he sustained while playing for his club.
Simon, who plays for Belgian Jupiler League side, Gent, will not feature in today’s friendly against the Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, nor the subsequent game against England on June 2.
Super Eagles’ Manager, Gernot Rohr confirmed the development to news reports in Port Harcourt.
He said, “It is unfortunate Moses Simon will not be travelling with the team on Tuesday because he is down with an injury.
“The nature of his injury is such that he won’t be recovering quickly enough to make the World Cup.”
Rohr is set to drop four more players from the squad after the game against DR Congo.
Today’s match against the Simba of Democratic Republic of Congo at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium represents the last opportunity for Nigerian football fans to cheer the Super Eagles at home before this summer’s FIFA World Cup finals.

Simba’s delegation of 28 players landed in Port Harcourt on Thursday night, boasting they were in Nigeria to give the Super Eagles a good match before the Eagles fly out to London for another friendly this week, and onwards to the World Cup.

Two –time African champions Democratic Republic of Congo are loaded to the hilt with their big –name performers, with only Yannick Bolasie missing. Yannick Bangala, Chancel Mbemba, Aaron Tshibola, Paul-Jose Mpoku and Gael Kakuta, as well as Cedric Bakambu, Britt Assombalonga, Benik Afobe, Kabongo Kasongo and Ben Malango are all in Port Harcourt.

However, the Eagles are in great form and are in no mood to allow anyone desecrate their parade, with Captain Mikel John Obi saying on Sunday that himself and team-mates are supremely motivated to battle any opposition hands down.

“We do not expect the Congolese to be easy opposition. They have a strong team made up of very talented players and we know this is one good opposition for us to confront before going to the World Cup.

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