Nigeria have been dealt a major blow ahead of next month’s FIFA U20 World Cup after Belgian club Gent said they will not release star forward Moses Simon for the tournament because it is not on the FIFA calendar.
AfricanFootball.com can exclusively reveal that Gent will block ‘Daddy’ Moses Simon from the World Cup in New Zealand also because they say he is a very important player for them as they close in on the Belgian league title.
“Moses Simon will not be released for the World Cup because his club insist the competition is not on the FIFA calendar. This is a mistake on the part of Gent because the World Cup is on the calendar,” an official informed AfricanFootball.com
Simon, who made his Super Eagles debut last month against Uganda in Uyo, is on the provisional 35-man squad for the World Cup after he played a bit role as the Flying Eagles reached the knockout rounds of the 2013 tournament in Turkey.
Nigeria were without several key players like Isaac Success, Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi, for the recent African Youth Championship in Senegal after their European clubs blocked them, arguing that the competition was not on the FIFA calendar.
The 19-year-old Simon has scored six goals in the regular season for Gent since his January transfer from Slovakia.