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Simy Nets 16th Serie A Goal As Crotone Lose At Spezia After Late Collapse

Simy Nets 16th Serie A Goal As Crotone Lose At Spezia After Late Collapse

Simeon ‘Simy’ Nwankwo got his 16th Serie A goal but it proved futile as a last minute collapse saw Crotone surrender a 2-1 lead to lose 3-2 away to Spezia, Completesports.com reports.

Nwankwo has now scored in six consecutive games for Crotone and has netted nine goals in his last six games.

The lanky striker put Crotone 2-1 ahead with 12 minutes remaining in the encounter.

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But a late minute collapse saw Spezia score in the 89th minute to make it 2-2 before grabbing the winner in the 90th minute.

It is now fourth straight defeat for Crotone who remain bottom on 15 points with eight games left to play this season.

By James Agberebi

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  • Shuma 3 years ago

    I was wrong about Simy. He is scoring in top 5 league, serie a being number 4 in uefa rankings. He currently has 16 goals scored in serie a and also second in goals scored in the month of March with 6 goals, 1 behind Lewandowski. He is literally carrying this team on his back and they are in the bottom of relegation zone.

    The team have bad defense. The team has 2 clean sheets. I remember seeing here about crotone chief Vrenna that Simy was not for sale because Lazio and Udinese was interested in him. He scored 20 goals for promotion, no doubt he will score more than that before the season ends.

    He is currently top 5 in goals scored in serie a. His contract ends in 2022, he should run away then.

    • Dipreyeh 3 years ago

      How I which Sadiq uMar .onuachu.and simmy are from my country Ghana. My president with make sure they win world cup for Ghana.

  • Good performance for Simmy. He should keep to his good performance and by God’s grace he will be called into the Super Eagles camp when the camp open for the World cup qualifiers against Lone Stars of Liberia. However, I want to use this medium to call on the NFF led by Mr. Melvin Pinnick to use his good office as African representative in the FIFA executive accelerate the process of change of nationality of Ademola Lookman, Ovie Ejeria and Ike Ugbo as the board did it for Akpouguma of Augsburg Fc in Germany. The press has been accusing the board of NFF as responsible for the sluggishness of the process (Check Owngoalnigeria.com 8th April, 2021). Please, Mr. Melvin Pinnick use your good office as a FIFA executive to aid in the process as the World Cup African qualifier is fast approaching. Thanks God bless you Mr. Pinnick

  • Obidee 3 years ago

    Really this Guy deserve better club in top 5 and he is a baller.. Super Eagle’s material

  • pompei 3 years ago

    Simy’s form must be giving Rohr pleasant nightmares.
    It’s impossible to ignore this guy.
    Rohr has the luxury of having 4 strikers in form, Osimhen, Sadiq, Onuachu and Seniorman Nacho. Simy has been knocking on the door for a while now. Who will Rohr drop for Simy? Or will he have 5 strikers in the squad? An option could be to make Simy his 4th striker, and move Iheanacho to the flanks.
    Either way, Rohr’s selection headache intensifies. They should keep him well stocked with panadol supplies. He will be needing it.

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    What else did the coaches of the Eagles wanted from Simy?

    May be they wanted him to commit suicide before he can play for Nigeria.

    The gaffer and his fans will come here and lie and continue lying to us that Simy time will soon come.

    Simy had his own time with the Eagles and he wasted it says by Oga Rohr followers.

    Dessers wasted his too. Wait a minute, is that true? Capital NO NO.

    If I may ask, how many minutes did they play under Oga Rohr?

    We have to be optimistic with ourselves. No more bla bla bla.

    There’s difference between having fantastic players and having a dependable team.

    The most annoying thing is that the gaffer and his fans are manipulator and they will do everything to deceive Nigerians.

    Did any one hear about Dessers from the coach?

    How about Simy? Even, Onuachu that disappointed the coach by scoring two great goals shows that they are just wasting the talent of our players.

    Our home based players are bad and the NPL is nothing but awful. Where did Iwuala come from. Ghana or Morocco?

    What we are expecting and demanding from Oga Rohr is beyond qualifying Nigeria to Afcon tournament.

    We have the players a solid team that will get the job done in Cameroon.

    If this squad fail to win that Afcon trophy in Cameroon then, we Nigerians have to decide.

    Also, if he eventually ignored Simy, Sadiq and Dessers for not making the Afcon squad and world, he must give us a solid reason for that and if that reason is not solid enough, we Nigerians we decide on that as well.

    We have more than what it takes to win trophies presently.

    We are here to fight for your right Simy. That is the purpose of we patriotic Nigerians.

    We hire and we fire that is simple.

    Even, Mr. Amaju Pinnick doesn’t have much to say about this.

    When we patriotic Nigerians are talking, Oga Rohr and NFF have to listen to us because have seen it all and we want the best for Nigeria. We can’t be deceived no more. No, not today. Simy, Sadiq and Dessers are reliable strikers that any coach must have in his team. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • FatherJP 3 years ago

      Dessers??? I dont get it sir @Omo9ja. When last did that one kick a ball in anger??

      Let Dessers handle Onuachu at Genk before being considered for SE please

      • Omo9ja 3 years ago

        @FatherJP, yes, Dessers. The quality of that guy is something Oga Rohr should looking into.

        Dessers have nothing to prove to anybody.

        Few minutes he had when he played against Tunisia or so tells a lot about him.

        He his having difficulty at his club doesn’t mean the coach should stop inviting him.

        Although, we have so many good strikers at the moment doing well but what of if our hot strikers are not going to be available?

        Put Dessers on standby list is even better than what the gaffer is doing to him.

        Is like tell him that he should have considered the other nation instead of Nigeria.

        That is not encouraging sir. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Ikeben 3 years ago

    Few months ago, when Awoniyi was making headlines as highest Nigrian goal scorer in the top 5 league with about 5 goals, then Simmy had 4 goals or so, I said on this forum that we should not write Simmy off, and someone on this forum said he was scoring mainly penalty another said I had a tribal agenda. But today, they have all kept quiet.

    Today, everyone is talking about him. Clubs are struggling for him. And even Rohr is scratching his head, not knowing what to do with the many strikers performing. His club coach recently said his present goal scoring form can meet the standard of any National team in the world and wonders why he is still snubbed by Rohr. But we know why.

    This is the best time to be a Super Eagle fan, because I forsee up to 4 Naija strikers scoring close to 20goals in the top 5 league next season. The battle between Osimhen, Kelechi, Sadiqu, Onuachu and Simmy will continue next season. And by then most likely Onuachu and Sadiq will be in the top 5 league. Any bench warmer will loose his place, no time to wait, the competition is getting stiffer. And our darling Super Eagles will be better for it.

  • JimmyBall 3 years ago

    @Ikeben… They will soon ask you who is Simmy coming to bench? Like say substitution no be part of football again… anyone doing well who hopes to come into the Super Eagles fold can only be invited when he can bench another person. Say osimhen play 65minutes and with results secured, we introduce a Simmy Nwankwo to see what he brings to the plate for like 30minutes… Will the heavens fall? Sometimes a key player may only be able to manage one goal in about 75minutes on the pitch, and some other dude may get introduced from the bench and come in to plunder 2goals in the last 15 minutes. Let us cultivate the culture of rewarding success when it is due… even if a Nigerian like Nwaekeme (31yrs) is doing well, honor him and get him involved as long as he has not announced retirement. Fairness is God’s edict to humanity… One love!

    • quadry 3 years ago

      Who in the 23 list to be dropped for him? Also who should be dropped for iwuala on the flanks? If everyone is fit. Mention names dont just generalize.

    • Omo9ja 3 years ago

      @JimmyBall, well spoke bro. This is why we all have to keep pushing coach Gernot Rohr. We did that, the goal keeping dependent is very solid and Nigerians are very happy for our achievement.

      We shouldn’t be worried about anyone as long as we have doing this for our country.

      We don’t need to abuse anyone before we can achieve our goal with the Super Eagles.

      Some times, players don’t get to play that much in their clubs but that doesn’t mean the player is not good.

      Another scenario is Simy and Sodiq. They are doing well but why they are not playing for Nigeria is something I don’t understand.

      All they will say is, everyone can not play at the same time.

      Let’s continue watching their show and when the world cup qualifiers begins then, we have to go all out to fight for these players. That is my own koko. God bless Nigeria!!!

  • Quadry 3 years ago

    Nice write up but you did not mentioned which of the strikers to be dropped for him? Also who should be dropped for iwuala on the flanks?

  • pompei 3 years ago

    You don kick penalty go throw in. Again!
    We all know that Simy, Dessers, and even guys like Moffi, Awoniyi, Nwakaeme, Kayode and Ajayi are good. There are many more to add to these list.
    The issue is – how many strikers do you want Rohr to invite to camp?
    At the moment, we have 4 who are in top form – Osimhen, Onuachu, Sadiq and Nacho.
    Rohr is tasked with making the very difficult decision of choosing the very best among very talented players. Whoever is selected must be the best, based on current form. These 4 I mentioned are the top 4 we have at the moment. This is something everybody agrees on.
    Perhaps Rohr can invite one more out of these strikers, so we have 5 in the squad. But 5 is a lot of strikers! We also need wingers, midfielders, and defenders, don’t we?
    And if we keep inviting every Tom, Dick and Harry because they are scoring goals, it is you again that will come and castigate Rohr for inviting too many players, and not allowing the team to gel.
    If Rohr wins the Afcon and the world cup next year, you will still find something to complain about. If we beat Brazil 2 nil to win the world cup, you will say it should have been 4 nil, so Rohr is a PE teacher coach!

    • Prof. Tamuno Offiali 3 years ago

      I humbly believe its disrespectful to place Sadiq who plays in the Spanish Segunda above a Simmy with 16 goals in the Italian Seria A in your choice of players in top form.

      Merit and rationality dictates that unless we do not have players doing well in the top 5 leagues in their respective positions before we can consider those outside that bracket.

      For now, Simmy plays and scores in the Italian First Division which is rated higher than the Spanish Second Division where Sadiq plays.

      It will be a clear disservice to Simmy for all he’s achieved for himself in the last 2 seasons for any one to place Sadiq above him in the pecking order.

      Remember he plundered 20 League goals in Seria B last season and I didnt recall anyone rating him higher than Osimhen who scored 13 League goals in the French Ligue 1

      • pompei 3 years ago

        Prof, I meant no disrespect. Simy is a striker I also admire, and wish he had more opportunities in the SE. However, my rating of Sadiq is not sentimental, or biased. See the link below –
        For Bayern to be looking at him, surely there is something special they see in him. Perhaps it’s the Osimhen-esque energy that Sadiq brings to the table. Simy is also a clinical striker, but less physical and energetic than Sadiq. Recall that not too long ago, Man United were also interested in Sadiq.
        So, on current form, Osimhen, Onuachu, Sadiq, and Nacho are our top four strikers. Of course, that can change with time. Just a couple of months ago, Onuachu and Nacho were not in the top four, due to Onuachu’s well documented struggles in the Nigeria jersey, and Nacho’s issues at Leicester. Who knows, Simy may find himself in the reckoning sooner rather than later. But he must keep up the impressive performances for that to happen.


  • Wow! Tough one for the coach even for we the fans.
    *Osimhen is back to his best
    *Onuachu is in form, wanted by AC Milan to replace the ageing Ibrahimovic.
    *Sadiq Umar is also being chased by Bayern Munich
    * Iheanacho is seeing as Vardy Successor
    * Simy will surely play for a big club next season
    * Ike Ugbo is also scoring for fun in Belgium on loan from Chelsea and might play for them next season who knows?
    * Dessers might pick his form next season in Onuachu’s absence.
    *Awoniyi is there waiting.
    And we need just two point men in the 23 list of players @ Omo9ja, @ Jimmyball and others …make your choice

    • JimmyBall 3 years ago

      I think what we actually need is 3 pointmen,4 Wingers, 6 Midfielders (5 distinctly traditional midfielders… Ndidi, Etebo, Shehu, Iwobi, Aribo and someone like Iheanacho who has the attribute of attacking midfield cum striker), 7 defenders (3 Centre Backs & 4 Fullbacks) and 3 goalkeepers. The depth and options we have springing up in midfield and attack are too good to be sacrificed loading our team with too many defenders… I do not think we need more than 3 centrebacks and 4 Fullbacks going into most tournament. If all teams had the luxury of taking 24 or 25 squad members, it would have been great to take atleast 4 Centre backs… but seeing how for instance, Nigeria is spoilt for striking personnel and smooth midfielders, like Olise, Ejaria yet to be added to the fold… it will amount to using too much scarce resources where it is not most needed, like giving about 8 or 9 sqaud slots to defenders will not be optimum. Coach Rohr will just have to brace up to choose only 3 out of the many available centrebacks… If one is to be more practical then, Awaziem could be named as one of the two rightbacks since he also has versatility in Centre back position… seeing how Centre Back is very key in the event, the starting two centre backs picks of injury same time in a tournament which may not be an occurrence we can completely rule out… Awaziem prefers CB to RB, but we saw how he did a solid job in last Afcon. However it is… we are really in a sunny place with playing personnel about this time of Super Eagles history. One love…

      • Cool..Name your 3 Pointmen (if we are to include 3)

        • Greenturf 3 years ago

          @Sean,form of our strikers by December this year will pick for itself the four strikers going to Cameroon.
          Having said that,Iheanacho’s versatility will give him advantage of a slot and of course ever reliable Osimhem.So the form of the likes of Simmy,Umar,Onuachu and others close to christmas will determine who picks the other two slots.

          • Prof. Tamuno Offiali 3 years ago

            Am with you 100% on this, man!

            Better way to put it rather than seeing people rste a division 2 player higher than than a top 5 First Division player!

            Like @Jimmyball put it, Nacho’s versality means an attacking midfield slot rather than as a striker in the team.

            Osimhen doesnt need introducing

            Onuachu has proven himself in an Eagles shirt too

            3rd striker’s slot up for grabs btw Simmy and the chasing packs….form at the end of the season or eve of tournament should be the yardstick

      • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

        Hehehehe, now you realize some players are more or less purpose built for certain positions (Natural positions)…..LMAO. What happened to ” there’s nothing like natural position in football….. any professional footballer can adapt to any position”…..? LMAO.

        Learn to mean what you say and stand by it….LMAO. Rohr going into any tournament now should just pick Only Balogun at CB, force the rest to adapt to playing at CB position and maximize our avalanche of attacking talent by selecting all 7 Nigerian CFs doing well in the top 5 leagues currently. I’m sure some of the 7 can also “adapt” to playing the role of wingers…. LMAOOOOOOO

        • JimmyBall 3 years ago

          @Dr.Drey… Can you comment normal for once without trying to throw punches? My mention of no natural anything is regarding the fact a player is a general footballer first before his preference for a particular role. Do you want to tell me if Osimhen is asked to play from say left or right of a 3forward line in a 4-3-3 setup, he will then tell Gattusso, I can’t because I am natural centre forward? Say a player like Balogun who Steve Gerard sometimes positions at Right Back will just reject such assignment that he is a natural Centre Back? If he has tried that, he won’t be getting a renewed contract now… so this is the reference I was Speaking to, Ancelotti despite knowing Iwobi can hold his own in the middle often pushes him to wing backs, right wing and even left wing… Iwobi may call himself a natural midfielder but being a professional, his coach is at liberty to deploy him anywhere that may further the team’s objectives… this is what I meant by there is no natural anything in football. Players have preferred positions but normally will accept a role hitherto unfamiliar where they have not played so much previously. I hope this helps…

          • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

            Hahahaha….since you know this, then Rohr too can as well just pick Only Balogun at CB, force the rest to adapt to playing at CB position. Osimhen may as well be deployed as a wing back and our natural wingbacks adapted to CB position, in line with your hypothesis…LMAO…afterall being professionals, the coach is at liberty to deploy players anywhere that may further the team’s objectives. Soo it shouldnt sound so improper to you should Rohr going into any tournament now just pick only Balogun at CB, force the rest to adapt to playing at CB position and maximize our avalanche of attacking talent by selecting all 7 Nigerian CFs doing well in the top 5 leagues currently and adapting some to playing the role of wingers…LMAO. Afterall, all our CFs have higher figures this season than our wingers….LMAO…and every performing CF HAS TO BE invited to the national team at the same time.

            Once again Learn to mean what you say and stand by it….LMAO. Nobody is throwing punches at you….you are just being held accountable for your own words. One moment you call someone dumb and senile for his management decisions, the next moment you are making exact same decisions when placed in his shoes. One moment, “..based on what we have…” we can disregard the natural positions of players and spread them anywhere on the pitch simply because a player is a general footballer first before his preference for a particular role…..the next moment you are specifically allotting certain roles to certain players based strictly on the fact that you subconsciously acknowledge those roles are their natural roles….LMAO. Stop rising up and falling down like a kpekus…..LMAO

            Always say what you mean and mean what you say and stand by it or acknowledge you erred, so u can stop progressing in error. A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything.

          • JimmyBall 3 years ago

            @Dr.Drey… You clown too much. What is it that I said that does not support the fact that a professional can be asked to play elsewhere. Is it Ancelotti asking Iwobi to play outside his preferred spot in midfield? Or Gerard playing Balogun occasionally at Right Back? You must not just comment if you have nothing really concrete to add or anything of real evident negation to querry someone’s posts for… You are becoming more of a hound in your response particularly to my post on this forum. While I do not take anything from you that you are entitled to your own views and feelings about headlines here concerning Super Eagles and tactics… Majority of the forumites who don’t blindly side with you know my contributions are realities we all see on the pitch… Sometimes how you attack my post and try to pullout incredulity that are far from my thoughtlines regarding my posts just show plain petulance and unbridled hatred for a straight talker and advocate of fairness in a team sports like football. Brother… I no tap your woman for buttocks na! Lol… guy free me and act like a real gentleman on this forum respecting views of others without your usual sweat-infused actions to discredit someone needlessly for your own peace of mind please. You want your views to be accepted always as some edict for all to agree. Life does not work like that… People must have varied views from yours! I have often on this forum agreed with some of your views and writeups… but people like me who have separate views from yours from time to time… Whatever we write here must be attacked by you. No other person’s view are ever as good as yours… @Dr.Drey’s… Maturity helps every now and then brother!

          • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

            Hahahahaa….Mr Straight talker……Justice of Fairness…..your warped and superficial views are the ones attacking you…not Dr.Drey. LMAO. The last time I checked, it wasnt Dr.Drey that claimed there’s nothing like natural position in football and that all footballers can play any position assigned to them to perfection….only to come back to tell us we need so and so number of CBs, so and so number of WBs, so and so numbers of wingers and so on……LMAO.

            Ancelotti plays Iwobi at right back…does Alex always look as comfortable at rightback as he looks when he plays in his natural position…??? Gerrard plays Balogun at RB…does Leon always look as comfortable at RB as he usually is in his natural position which is CB…?? Gerrard could as well have played him as a Centre Forward when Morelos was unavailable…he should have known that as a professional footballer, Balogun would adapt like fish water to the new role….afterall attack is far easier than defence. If Balogun stood out as a defender, adapting to a striking role would be a given…..LMAO. When Man U had a crisis in their striking dept last year they should not have gone all out to get one, even if it meant getting a highly unfancied Ighalo, to plug the gap…They should have as well converted Harry Maguire…..LMAO

            Your own words and fallacies are the ones holding you hostage Mr. not Dr.Drey…..LMAO. Pls keep them coming ehn…they make good for some comic relief…LMAO

            Once again, always say what you mean and mean what you say and stand by it or humbly acknowledge you erred, so u can stop progressing in error. Dont just be the hypocrite that complains of one thing but cant offer a better idea. Be like the revolutionary that has better solutions than what is currently available. A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything. I can see clearly now how much affirmation and approval are your driving force…..LMAO.

          • JimmyBall 3 years ago

            Please you can go and take Steve Gerard or Carlo Ancelotti to court for playing Balogun and Iwobi respectively out of their supposed comfort zone occasionally at their clubs… responding to your nuances often like how you have started out today only amounts to paying needless attention to some sort of comic relief….If your bored this Sunday at home just grab a nail cutter and do some work on your toe nails… Lol. One love… Don’t forget to drink some cool satchet water also.

          • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

            We absolutely wouldn’t mind more goofs and football heresies on this forum from you as you desperately court validity and affirmation here…..LMAO. Pls keep them coming ehn.

          • JimmyBall 3 years ago

            Hahaha… me goofing… says someone who has such a poor judgement and assessment of professional players… is it not rather humbling that despite the vicioulsy scathing and damaging remarks, you directed and sustained on Paul Onuachu… the young man would not just stop scoring, permanently feeding detractors masquerading as ball fans their own shitty critique, telling naysayers, your likes, who unjustly put down professional players, to go sulk and suck your thumb! Hahaha… the world is forced to endorse him to the utter disappointment and anguish of people like you… all negative criticism and no encouragement… if sane forumites were to take all you gibberish about Onuachu serious, they will all be ashamed of their unfair criticisms now. The problem with you is always letting sentiments define your judgements… Longinus Onuachudoskidinho according to you and your drummers continue to plunder… hahahah. I know you will have nightmares tonight as always whenever he scores… have you heard he scored another goal again today? Man wey sabi no be by noise… “ball know im people”… @Dr.Drey… enjoy the rest of your week ahead, because, Walahi Talahi.. Onuachu did mess your weekend up! Hahaha… One Love!

          • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

            Hahahahahaha……At least, now you will agree “…Junior Ajayi is not better than Onuachu, Iheanacho and Dessers combined…..” LMAO…..tallk about poor judgement and assessment of professional players…..LMAO.

            If my assessment of Onuachu was indeed poor…he wouldnt have been relegated from 1st choice SE CF going into afcon to standby list landlord a year and 7 matches later….LMAO. Now he is even hanging by his teeth as 3rd choice…LMAO.

          • JimmyBall 3 years ago

            …hahahaha. It is junior Ajayi straw he is pulling now… yes Junior Ajayi is a great player, he is not the only one who seems to have surfaced on the stage at a time when Nigeria appears to have awaken to a glut of talented footballers everywhere. Junior Ajayi remains a very good footballer who can compete at the very elite level, of which he has already done playing in the world Club Cup… he is not the only Nigerian player who has had a short luck to be outside the regular pool of invited players… Simmy Nwankwo, Emmanuel Dennis, Akpoguma, Azubuike, Awoniyi, Ike Ugbo,Lookman Ademola, Atiemwen and even Sadiq Umar have all had to deal with that situation and the list will continue to grow… atleast one thing you cannot take away from Junior Ajayi is that he is already a successful footballer… when I clamoured for him which Amuneke also did, Iheanacho was rooted to his club’s bench… you talk too much. Your attitude on this forum is comical… you must hate something about my truth and place in life. No wound yourself o…

          • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

            bla bla bla bla…….more moonlight stories for the audience…LMAO.

            I’ll rather talk too much sensible stuff than rant too much laughable heresies…..LMAO

            Junior Ajayi…so good he couldnt even make your own 23 man squad after all your rants about him on this forum…..LMAO. You really tell the truth …..LMAO

          • JimmyBall 3 years ago

            …Hahaha. Forumites who follow our exchanges on this thread today know whatsup. You really must have disappoint your drummers this one none of them has jumped in to help you. If they follow from where you jumped in with your first reply to my comment listing what will be an optimal 23man list for Nigeria’s SE given the avalanche of top players we have in all departments… they will agree all your replies from then on, have been just spurious… If Junior Ajayi cannot make my 23man listat this time, it is because I have never been sentimental-wreck of a fan… unlike you… is it rather any surprise, that the inactive nonplaying captain Ahmed Musa, without any reason that is cogent but rather deranged, will always be the first on your own team sheet? You can go on and post another comic relief after this comment again… because you just do not stop to amuse! What a fellow… without any challenge, CSN award for the most sentimental Nigeria Super Eagles goes fan goes to @Dr.Drey… in his usual support for always incredulously clamouring for nonactive players while shunting active ones to Standby list… comical sentiments!

          • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

            Hahahaha…are you done…LMAO.

            Even when I dealt with you in your self-declared 3-day war before you chickened out with tail between your legs, nobody “jumped in to help” me. As a matter of fact none has and none will. It was you who was namechecking people before later crafting out a fake 1naija identity to console yourself with phantom numerical advantage….LMAO….when you were abandoned like a leper to carry you cross of blind arguments alone…..LMAO. Pls when next are we going to see 1naija again…LMAO…we miss him and his foul language….LMAO

            Junior Ajayi is better than Iheancho, Onuachu and Dessers put together….LMAO. Wia Junior for in 23 man list…Inaaaa. LMAOOOoooo

            Nwakali is better than all SE midfielders including mikel…..where Nwakali for in 23 man list….Inaaaa. LMAOOOoooo.

            You are indeed a truth teller…..LMAOOoooo…! Infact na you be the way, the truth and the life……LMAOOOOoooo

  • _Simmy: another bite at the cherry?_

    Having set the second division in Italy ablaze last season with an insane amount of goals – 20 to be precise in 37 matches – many observers had questioned whether Simmy Nwankwo would replicate such madness in the top flight after his team gained promotion.

    What they forgot is that the 29 year old sharpshooter was a virtual nobody until his 7 goals in 23 games in the 2017/18 Serie A season propelled him to the limelights (and earned him the boarding pass to a seat in the Super Eagles’ 2018 World Cup plane). He is not a novice at this level but even at that, few had expected the Super Eagle to be pulling up these many trees in a forest with more illustrious tree-cutters like Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Ronaldo is a deity and still leads this season’s Serie A goals scorer chart with 25 goals. Simmy comes 6th with his 15 goals which puts him either on par or ahead of heavyweights like Lorenzo Insigne, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ciro Immobile, João Pedro and Andrea Belotti.

    For a stricken club almost destined for an instant return to the second division (as Crotone currently sit rock bottom at the Serie A league table), this is quite simply a torch bearing achievement for Simmy. And when you factor that he is not entirely surrounded with the highest quality players in the league, then it is further a telling affirmation of his efficiency and ruthlessness.

    With Crotone’s relegation fate signed, sealed but just waiting to be delivered, mails of interest are pouring in for Simmy to (hopefully) continue playing top flight football next season after his team have sunk. Last season after his heroics in Serie B, the president of Crotone staved off interests from other clubs insisting the Nigeria International was not for sale.

    I doubt he will be able to prevent Simmy from leaving the club this time around.

    If he stays in top flight football and continues to decimate defences and tear up nets, will Nigeria continue to ignore Simmy?

    It is very possible, I’m afraid.

    This is not the first time when players doing well for their clubs aren’t getting the attention of national team handlers. It is not that Simmy is being maliciously ignored. However, when you have that many strikers doing well in club football contemporaneously, inevitably – and rather unfortunately – some of them will have to lose out.

    Also, it is not the case that the strikers invited to the Super Eagles are scoring more goals or are better overall than Simmy. It is rather due to 3 factors: the other strikers are doing ‘reasonably’ well for themselves in club football; they do well during international assignments; and they have been core members of the national team for quite some time.

    Personally, I don’t think Simmy was given enough opportunity to showcase what he brings to the national team.

    After a meagre 4 caps in which 3 of them were for pitiful 21 minutes, 2 minutes and 1 minute respectively, the lanky centre forward was deemed surplus to national team requirements and discarded like the contents of a waste paper basket since the 8th of September 2018 game against Seychelles (where he sat out the entire encounter generating heat for the bench!).

    But Simmy is a top quality centre forward as we can see.

    Unfortunately, at present most centre forward options of the Super Eagles are equally doing well and others like Sadiq Umar and Terem Moffi are dying to show Nigeria what they bring to the Super Eagles table (after tantalising club outings).

    All Simmy can do is continue playing well, staying fit and banging in the goals. Who knows, circumstances may contrive and he might yet be given the opportunity to have another bite at the Super Eagles cherry!

  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    Simy is really doing enough now to earn a recall to the SE…. he’s in a form which cannot just be ignored anymore and his numbers attest to that. I have personally rated him above Onuachu and still do. 16 goals for the worst team in defensively rugged league like the seria A, coupled with the fact that he scores mostly with his feet for me I a huge comparative advantage…..not to talk about his mobility and ability to hold and link up play with his teammates. At least we won’t need to relocate our federal capital from Abuja to Kafanchan before he can score for us or contribute meaningfully to the team whenever he’s on the pitch.
    With this chap, Sadiq, Moffi, Ike Ugbo, Awoniyi, Dessers all knocking at the same time with a now seemingly born again but still on probation Onuachu, It is left to be seen who amongst these will join Osimhen as the 3 A-list CFs of the SE leading up to the WCQ and the AFCON.

  • This week….

    IKE UGBO——- 2 goals
    NACHO———- 2 goals
    SIMMY———– 1 goal
    OSIMHEN——– 1 goal
    MOFFI———— 1 goal
    ONUACHU——– 1 goal

    ….and we need only 3 CFs for any tournament.

    Our afcicionados that never in their entire life see anything good in our dear SE, always praying & looking for the downfall of our SE, never wanted the SE to progress & each time our SE wins they became angry and run into hiding but once the team faulters they’re the first to cast a stone are busy clamouring for ROHR to extend an invite to FANENDO ADI. LOL

    After somebody will come and tell us they love SE…. Love my left nyash….

    See the number of strikers on ground begging for oppotunity to unleash their potentials and help their fatherland return to the glory days…

    They’re ready to fight and redeem the prestige and dignity of Nigeria that our quardiolas brought to a country of over 200milion people.

    Why can’t we just support this team?

    Aren’t they nigerians?

    Let me stop here for now sha….

    • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

      Fanendo Adi and Fatai Alashe and the 4 homebased players advocates……LMAOOoooo.

      UBFE abeg no loud that air conditioner biko…LMAO. Some people still dey try recover from COVID-32 for hia….! LMAO

      • @Dr Drey.

        This life no just balance at aaaaaal…

        In every 12 they must always be a “JUDAS ISCARIOT”….

        Some people and reasoning ehn….

        While we’re still looking for how to inject our eauropean based players(stars) one by one into the team, our pocket and belly driven self-acclaimed EX & SE fans are busy strategising how the team will fall so they’ll come out in their normal way to mock SE and the real fans.

        Even with this, SE is always victorious…. Always making to eat their own shame….

        So pls let us never relent our effort in supporting the team….
        Basically to the likes of @OAKFIELD, @Dr Drey, @Lanre, @Sean, @Glory et al the sincere SE fan…


  • Ikeben 3 years ago

    @Deo, Simmy is currently, 4th on Seria A, goal chat with 16 goals, only behind, Ronaldo,Lukaku and Muriel. Already ahead of Ibrahimovic, Insigna and co.

    He is already a record breaker. Has broken Obafemi Martins record of highest goal scored by a Nigerian in Seria A. Also broken the highest goal scored by a Crotone player in Seria A. Very close to braking Ayegbeni’s record of 17goals in top 5 league. He has surely raised the bar for other strikers, that are chosen ahead of him. This is the kind of competition that Rohr has brought to the SE.

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