Moses Daddy-Ajala Simon (born 12 July 1995) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Ligue 1 side FC Nantes and the Nigeria national team, after coming through the Ajax youth academy as a youngster.
Simon with Gent in 2015
|Full name||Moses Daddy-Ajala Simon|
|Date of birth||12 July 1995|
|Place of birth||Jos, Nigeria|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|2019–2020||→ Nantes (loan)||26||(11)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:06, 30 July 2020 (UTC)|
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11:06, 30 July 2020 (UTC)
Born in Jos, Simon is a product of the famed GBS Academy, the same football academy in Nigeria that produced the likes of Ahmed Musa. He was linked with Nigerian Premier League club Kaduna United, as many professional clubs around the world were also eager to sign him. On 10 May 2013, it was announced that Simon had signed a pre-contractual agreement with Dutch club AFC Ajax to join them in pre-season training, having previously been linked with Liverpool F.C. and Tottenham Hotspur. He made his first appearance for Ajax on 13 July 2013 in pre-season friendly match against De Graafschap, coming on as a substitute player and scoring the third and final goal in the 64th minute of the match, in a 3–0 away win. He made a further appearance on 17 July, playing for the reserves team Jong Ajax in a pre-season friendly match against Voorschoten '97, scoring the second goal in the 5–0 home win. On 25 July 2013, it was announced that Ajax would not sign the young Nigerian, ultimately waiving him from the pre-season roster. After the announcement discussions commenced with AS Trenčín; Ajax partner club in Slovakia, which is owned by former Ajax player Tschen La Ling.
On 13 January 2014, Simon signed three-year contract for Slovak side AS Trenčín. He would join his compatriot Kingsley Madu. He made his league debut in a 1–1 draw against MFK Košice starting on the right wing alongside Gino van Kessel who was on loan from Ajax. He made his club international debut during the Trenčín's 2014–15 UEFA Europa League campaign, when he was introduced during the second preliminary round of the competition, in the home match against Vojvodina Novi Sad from Serbia (played at the stadium in Dubnica, Slovakia). Simon scored a hat trick on his debut in the 4–0 win at home. AS Trenčín would eventually get eliminated in the following round, drawing at home, and falling 2–1 away against Hull City.
In October 2014 ESPN sports prepared a scouting report on Moses Simon and the report linked the winger with a move to Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Hull City along with a potential return to Ajax. The situation evolved into a bidding war between Dutch club SC Heerenveen and K.A.A. Gent, with the later contractually securing the winger for three years.
On 6 January 2015, it was announced that K.A.A. Gent had signed Moses Simon to a three-year contract. He made his debut for Gent on 17 January 2015 in a 3–1 win against Royal Mouscron-Péruwelz in league play. His second appearance occurred four days later in a 1–0 home win against Sporting Lokeren in the Belgian Cup, in which Simon was sent off 30 seconds after he entered the field. In his third league game, again versus Sporting Lokeren, Simon scored a hat trick after which he was named Belgian league player of the week. He quickly became a key player in coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck's formation and helped Gent win their first ever national Championship title in May 2015. Two months later, Simon assisted Laurent Depoitre's winning goal in the 2015 Belgian Super Cup against cup winners Club Brugge.
Simon received his first call-up to the Nigeria national team by coach Daniel Amokachi in March 2015 and made his debut on the 25th of the same month in an international friendly against Uganda, when he replaced Anthony Ujah after 59 minutes in the game. Simon scored his first goal for Nigeria in an international friendly against Niger on 8 September 2015, the second in a 2–0 win. He was selected by Nigeria for their 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
In May 2018, he was named in Nigeria’s preliminary 30-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. However, he did not make the final 23 due to injury. He was included in the country's 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
- As of match played 30 July 2020
|Trenčín||2013–14||Slovak Super Liga||14||7||—||—||—||14||7|
|2014–15||Slovak Super Liga||19||6||2||1||4[a]||3||—||25||10|
|Gent||2014–15||Belgian Pro League||9||6||3||0||—||8[b]||1||20||7|
|2015–16||Belgian Pro League||24||2||3||0||5[c]||0||9[d]||1||41||3|
|2016–17||Belgian First Division A||23||3||2||0||10[a]||0||7[b]||2||42||5|
|2017–18||Belgian First Division A||20||5||2||0||2[a]||0||9[b]||1||33||6|
|Nantes (loan)||2019–20||Ligue 1||26||5||4||4||—||—||30||9|
- As of match played 30 July 2020
- As of match played 27 March 2018. Nigeria score listed first, score column indicates score after each Simon goal.
|1||8 September 2015||Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Nigeria||4||Niger||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2||11 October 2015||Edmond Machtens Stadium, Brussels, Belgium||6||Cameroon||2–0||3–0||Friendly|
|3||17 November 2015||Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Port Harcourt, Nigeria||8||Swaziland||1–0||2–0||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|4||4 September 2017||Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon||17||Cameroon||1–0||1–1||2018 FIFA World Cup qualification|
|5||21 March 2019||Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Nigeria||22||Seychelles||3–1||3–1||2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
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- DADDY SIMON MOSES 8 March 2014, corgonliga.sk
- Moses Daddy-Ajala Simon profile 14 February 2014, Soccerway.com
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- Ajax sign Nigerian sensation 10 May 2013, Supersport.com
- Ajax defeats De Graafschap after win at RKC Archived 21 July 2013 at the Wayback Machine 14 July 2013, Ajax.nl
- Jong Ajax wint ruim van Voorschoten 17 July 2014, Ajax Showtime
- Moses Daddy-Ajala Simon niet onder contract bij Ajax Archived 23 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine 25 July 2014, Ajaxcafe.nl
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- Moses Simon red carded in Belgium 22 January 2015 SL10.ng
- KAA Gent are the Champions of Belgium Archived 9 September 2015 at the Wayback Machine 21 May 2015 KAA Gent
- KAA Gent win Super Cup after beating Club Brugge Archived 16 February 2016 at the Wayback Machine 16 August 2015 KAA Gent
- "Moses Simon se compromete con el Levante por las próximas cinco temporadas" [Moses Simon joins Levante for the next five seasons] (in Spanish). Levante UD. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Oluwashina Okeleji (17 March 2019). "Nigeria's Moses Simon enjoying regular football with Levante". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 August 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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- "Moses Simon: Nantes sign Nigeria winger permanently from Levante". Goal.com. 15 June 2020. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
- Nigeria vs. Uganda match report 26 March 2015 soccerway.com
- Nigeria vs. Niger match report 8 September 2015 soccerway.com
- Oluwashina Okeleji (24 June 2016). "Kelechi Iheanacho included in Nigeria's Olympics squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Wagih, Ahmed (15 May 2018). "Nigeria announce preliminary World Cup squad". KingFut. Retrieved 4 November 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "World Cup 2018: Arsenal's Iwobi in Nigeria's 23-man squad". BBC Sport. 3 June 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Nigeria: Super Eagles' Team List for Afcon 2019". allAfrica.com. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
- "M. Simon Summary". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 20 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Moses Simon » Club matches". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 30 July 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Moses Simon". National Football Teams. Retrieved 16 May 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)