Simon: I’m Still Hopeful Of Making World Cup

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Despite information about his exclusion from Nigeria’s World Cup list, along with four other players, AA Gent of Belgium winger, Moses Simon insists he still has hope of going to Russia 2018, as he says he will get a verdict on his injury situation on Friday.

In contrast with an affirmation by Eagles boss, Gernot Rohr last weekend that the former Trencin of Slovakia star is out of the squad to Russia and follow-up reports on Wednesday appeared to point in same direction, the lad says he will not give up just yet.

The former youth international, has played 17 times for Nigeria at senior level and scored three goals, most prominent of which was in a 11 draw away to Cameroon during the Russia 2018 qualifiers.

He played five games for the Eagles during the qualifiers, in which his efforts also included two assists, as Nigeria sealed an early ticket to Russia 2018 with a match to spare.

However, Rohr said before the friendly with Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday that Simon’s chance of being fit for Russia were extremely slim, as the winger will need three to four weeks to fully recover.

It might now take a miracle for Simon to make the squad to Russia, but he insists his fate will be finally decided on Friday.

Nonetheless, Rohr and officials of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) agreed that another scan should be given Simon on Thursday before a decision is taken regarding his place in the World Cup squad.

“I will know my fate by Friday but it’s out of my hands. I don’t want to talk about this, just wish me well,” Simon enthused.

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