Ligue 1 Nigerians didn’t score many goals in April, but they scored important ones

Nigerians didn’t score many goals in April, but they scored important ones


April was a lean month for Nigerian players in Europe, especially strikers, who found goals hard to come by, scoring in measly patches rather than the flowing rivers of previous months.

But when they did score, they changed the fortunes of their teams, especially in European competition.

Moses Simon was the pick of the bunch, as the Nantes man continues to excel in Ligue 1 and found himself deservedly named on the shortlist for the Marc Vivien-Foe award.

Following closely was the unknown Francis Ezeh, whose haul of five goals in the Turkish second tier was by far the most of any Nigerian forward this period.

1. Moses Simon, Nantes/FRA

It is a credit to the quality and performances of Simon this season that he has been shortlisted for the Marc Vivien Foe award in France. The award goes to the best player of African origin in Ligue 1, and the Nigerian has been nothing if not one of the best.

In April, he continued to prove that his position on that shortlist was well deserved, helping himself to three goals and one assist as Nantes’ yo-yo season continued.

Against Girondins Bordeaux, Simon was particularly unplayable. With Bordeaux 2-1, up, he forced Ricardo Mangas to put through his own goal with a delicious low cross, then stood up another cross for Kalifa Coulibaly to head in for 3-3.

The Nigerian then extended the lead to 4-3 with a silky finish inside the box before Osman Bakari completed the come from behind 5-3 win.

Simon has been one of Nigeria’s standout players all season long, and April was once again belonged to the 26-year-old.


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