"Ademola Lookman found the net for the third time in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, with Moses Simon assisting him. Simon's performance earned him the Man of the Match award as Nigeria advanced to the semifinals with a 1-0 victory over Angola."

Simon's skillful maneuvers and offensive abilities justified his deserving of that honor.

His speed in outmaneuvering his marker, his finesse to slip past him, his stability to stay upright, and his awareness to recognize that Victor Osimhen had drawn away two defenders before delivering the ball to Lookman exemplified his prowess.

In a tournament seemingly defined by Nigeria's Super Eagles seeking redemption, they secured their place in the semifinals, marking their 15th appearance in 19 tournaments, by settling yet another score.

Côte d'Ivoire, who had previously defeated them multiple times in the tournament, were defeated during the group phase.

Similarly, Guinea Bissau, who had previously come to Nigeria and humiliated the Eagles in front of their home fans, were also overcome. Additionally, Cameroon, known for inflicting numerous painful defeats on the Super Eagles in Afcon Final games, faced defeat as well.

One of the most significant heartbreaks for the Super Eagles occurred in 2005 when they were denied a World Cup ticket by the Palancas Negras. This match presented an opportunity for them to settle the score, especially considering they hadn't faced each other since then.

Therefore, by overcoming the Antelopes and preventing them from reaching their first-ever AFCON semifinal, the Super Eagles Class of 2024 achieved a sense of fulfillment for those who came before them.

Angola was also the opposing team when Nigerian midfielder Samuel Okwaraji tragically collapsed and passed away during a 1990 World Cup qualifier in August 1989 in Lagos.

In some aspects, this victory also acted as a tribute to the fallen hero.