Wednesday Aug 08, 2018. 10:15
Nigerian manager Gernot Rohr says he rates Moses Simon higher than Samuel Kalu, despite the latter’s rise to prominence and transfer to French Ligue 1 club Girondins de Bordeaux.
Kalu has been handed the prestigious number 10 jersey at Bordeaux after completing a big-money move from Belgian First Division A side KAA Gent a couple of days ago.
Simon himself has also left Gent, signing for Spanish La Liga club Levante on a five-year contract.
Both Kalu and Simon could well be selected in Rohr’s next Nigeria squad, as they resume their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification campaign early next month, but the German tactician has admitted that he rates Simon as a better player.
“I never selected him [Kalu]. I saw him play, but in his team, I took another, which is Simon Moses. He is in my group since the beginning, two years ago. He is also a winger, fast. He's almost the same, but I found him better than Kalu,” Rohr told the Girondins4ever website.
“We have many fast wingers in Nigeria. Before there is a plethora of attackers, quality. This boy could not yet join our team. But now we'll monitor him.
“Simon Moses was in my group. He was injured, he is the only injured player I had before the World Cup. He played with Kalu in La Gantoise. He missed the World Cup because of a muscle injury.”
Nigeria will face Seychelles away from home in their next Group E qualifier in the 2019 AFCON preliminaries. They lost their opener 0-2 at home to South Africa last June.