Calvin Bassey says his improved performance for the senior national team of Nigeria in back to back 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers games was partly due to playing alongside Moses Simon.
Bassey was super impressive for Nigeria in games against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome and Principe respectively depsite playing as a left full back in the first game and as a centre back in the second game away in Morocco.
He showed no sign of the player who partially struggled against Ghana in the World Cup qualifiers playoff which ended 1-1 and saw Nigeria missed out on qualification for the World Cup in Qatar.
Asked what has been the turning point since that game , he said playing alongside Simon helped him express himself freely in the first game and boosted his confidence for the second game.
” In the first game I had to stay careful but Simon kept urging me to push up and join the attack. He dropped or move central leaving enough space for me to express my myself. He played to my strength and when I was tired he dropped and helped me in defending”, he told OwnGoalNigeria.com.