Moses Simon, has told Completesports.com he is delighted to make Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, and is ready to play a makeshift left-back role if Gernot Rohr so desires .
Moses, who missed the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia on account of injury was drafted to defensive role by Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, as the squad strategized in Asaba.
He played the role in one of the Super Eagles training sessions in Asaba.
This shift in role gives the team more attacking options even as Rohr has been stressing that the Levante forward is a versatile player.
“I can say it (left back) is not my position, but I’ve no option than to play there and serve my fatherland,” Moses responded.
“And I’ll do my best to make my people proud and happy.”
There was apprehension amongst the players at their Golden Tulip training camp, Asaba, Delta State, before the final 23-man list was called.
“What was going through my mind when the list was yet to be called was that I don’t want to miss the Nations Cup after I missed the World Cup in Russia,” Simon told Completesports.com.
“I’ve really worked hard for a place in the team but the decision was for the coach to make if he would take me or not.
“I must say it was not easy to make the 23-man list. So I’m delighted to be there.
“We are all fighting for a place in the team. And it is not over yet, I must say, because everyone is good to make a good AFCON team.
“So now, the next level is to fight for a position in the starting line up. And I believe the coach has the best decision to make, to put the right players in the right positions because we need good result in Egypt.”