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ABOVE AVERAGE: Super Eagles’ Players’ Rating In 3-0 Win Vs Sychelles

ABOVE AVERAGE: Super Eagles’ Players’ Rating In 3-0 Win Vs Sychelles

Completesportsnigeria. com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU rates the performance Super Eagles’ players in their 3-0 win against Seychelles in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying Group E match at the Stade Linite, Victoria on Saturday September 8, 2018.

The Elche of Spain goalkeeper was virtually on holiday as the hosts failed to register a goal on target in the game.

Put up a fine performance in the game despite playing in an unfamiliar right-back position. Awaziem scored Nigeria’s second goal, his first for the Super Eagles.

He was booked for a rash tackle late in the first half. The centre-back combined well with Leon Balogun in the heart of Super Eagles’ defence, but will need to cut out the unnecessary mistakes in his game.

Solid as ever even though the opposition didn’t threaten much. The Brighton defender used the ball well and also supported the attack at every opportunity.

Defended well but didn’t support Ahmed Musa much on the left side of the Nigeria’s attack.

The midfielder was largely influential in the first half when the Super Eagles totally dominated their hosts but fizzled out a bit after the break. An above average showing from the Trabzonspor of Turkey man.

Took charge of things in the midfield for the Super Eagles in the absence of skipper John Mikel Obi. One of his best games in the green and white colours of Nigeria.

His well taken free-kick which bounced off the woodwork was put into the net by Chidozie Awaziem for Nigeria’s second goal. Iheanacho who was also booked in the game was replaced by Oghenekaro Etebo in the 74th minute.

The winger impressed on his debut for the Super Eagles even though he played to the gallery a couple of times in the game . Won the penalty that was converted by Odion Ighalo for Nigeria’s third goal.

The captain led by example in the game. He scored a sublime goal to hand the Super Eagles the lead in the first half.

Provided the assist for Ahmed Musa’s goal and scored the third from the spot.


Didn’t make any meaningful impact in the game following his introduction for Kelechi Iheanacho in the second half.

Made forays upfront after replacing the injured Chidozie Awaziem. Not a bad debut for the Rotherham United defender.

Took the place of Samuel Kalu five minutes from regulation time. Not enough time to rate the Galatasaray forward. He came close to scoring Nigeria’s fourth goal from Ajayi’s pinpoint cross on 90 minutes.

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  • Paschal 3 years ago

    Nobody is saying anything about this analysis? Haba !!! Where are the philosophers and analysts hahahaha. For me, none of them played up to average. Theres no seriousness in their game. And if Rohr uses Ighalo in any other super eagles match I will only be left with either of two conclusions: Its either Rohr is under the influence of Edo charm or he has been bribed by Ighalo and his cohorts.

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

    SuperEagles keeps hopes alive.

    It is fascinating to see the SuperEagles again after the WorldCup. With new players making their debut and players on the fringes getting a chance to impress. We dominated Seychelles from start to finish. We could’ve scored at least 5 goals if not for the profligacy of Ighalo. I have absolutely no idea how Ighalo is SuperEagles top striker. It is so embarrassing that Nigeria is yet to find an intimidating top striker for a very long time.

    It baffles me to see Ighalo playing ahead of Onyekuru who in only 5 minutes or so look very decisive in front of goal and could’ve scored if his last gasp header was on target. How Ighalo is still putting on our sacred jersey is beyond me.

    Onazi and Ndidi can never function well as a Midfield pivot if Nigeria is really serious about qualifying for the AFCON. Although they possess terrific tenacity, but both are very poor passers of the ball. One of them will have to give way to a more conventional ball holding midfielder who can spray delicate and killer passes. The synthetic pitch doesn’t help either.

    Two players had their debut today and they both look a part of the team going forward. Samuel Kalu is an amazing discovery for Nigeria and I believe he has cemented his place in the SuperEagles with that performance today. Ajayi was very solid despite playing out of position. He was menacing going forward and no nonsense in his defensive approach. Very tall and lanky, he could be a key figure in the SuperEagles going forward. Those two to me are the main positives in the match.

    Idowu is not a SuperEagles material at all. He couldn’t dribble himself talkless of an opponent. Every time he had the ball he always run into a brick wall bereft of ideas. We have better Left backs than Idowu abeg.

    WHAT really matters is the 3 points and the SuperEagles who have not always the best travellers secured the required maximum points. Kudos to the team for that. Hopefully in the double header against Libya most of the players will be back and some new ones will be scouted. I must see Success Isaac on the next list or else!!! I rest my case for now. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE#

    • Isaac Success has not played more than one full game for his two clubs since 2016 and is nowhere near ready for the Super Eagles. Instead I’ll pick Dennis Bonaventure 2 goals in three matches for club Brugge Belgian champions), Anthony Nwakaeme (Trabzonspor) who in his first full game for his club scored two and one assist and is carrying on from where he left of in Israel. Both of these will replace Ighalo and Sony Nwankwo easily.
      Onyekuru has shown that he is a definite starter next match and deserves more than 5 minutes on the pitch. At least 45.

      Right back, I’d like to see Ola Aina back and being challenged by Seth Sinclair (Nigeria under 23 and 4 full matches this season for his club)
      Left back hopefully Collins will be back and then compete with Deji-Ousman Beyreuther.
      As for midfield Ndidi with John Oguh to his left defensive and Etebo/Nwakali offensive with a front three of Onyekuru, Musa and Kalu

      • Ayphillydegreat 3 years ago

        BigD. I will still take Nassarra ahead of Nwakaeme all day every day. With the way he’s currently coming back to form, hopefully he can show some consistency then he will be pivotal for the SuperEagles. I’d really like to see Dennis Bonaventure in the SuperEagles in the near future maybe through the Olympics. He shares the same attributes as Kalu, but Kalu is currently way ahead of him.

        I think Collins will be adequate for the left back position. He’s a more natural fit if not for a late fitness failure. Aina and Tyrone if they are both fit will be battling the right back position with others like Musa Muhammed, Shehu and possibly Seth if he gets a call up to prove himself. He wasn’t bad at the Olympics.

        What I’m really happy about is the abundance of options available to Rohr over the next couple of years. This is when he needs to achieve something great with the SuperEagles if he knows what he’s doing. Otherwise he will be booted if he can not raise a formidable team from these plethora of talents.

  • Supatemmy 3 years ago

    This is quiet funny,how can you give Kalu 7/10 with everything that man did? pls change that thing to 8 or 9 o,he’s the man of the match for me and Ighalo is 4/10 ,onazi is 4/10 while idowu,I’ll manage 5/10 … this rating is sour.


    Where did Kelechi Nwakali disappear to. Not on the field, not listed on the bench. What happened??
    We know that 21 made the squad eventually (after Iwobi, Aina Anna Troost did not make it). We know Jamilu Collins did not pass a late fitness test, however only 19 were listed for the game.
    Nwakali and Akpeyi were missing from the team and the sub bench with no info

    • BigD, I think the rules stipulation is that only 18 players can be named in the match day squad hence the absence of the rest of the players.(I stand to be corrected).

      On the issue of not calling up players on standby after the withdrawal of Ola Aina, Iwobi and co, Colin Udoh wrote: “Musa Mohammed, who was an early Rohr favourite and who was on the standby list, was expected to be called up, but the coach opted not to, telling KweséESPN: “We can only put 18 players in the team list.”

      True. But what then is the point of naming players on standby if not to use them when others drop out?”



  • @well said everyone. Lets put sentiments aside, i believe it is high time onazi needs to hang his boots and focus on his club matches. He is not a super eagles material. Hoe Nwakali didn’t start this games baffles me. Yes we have several options at our disposal but is Rohr ready to play the best. Except he is collecting bribe, i don’t know what Ighalo has to offer us going forward

  • BigD, thanks for your contribution. I try to steer away from naming players to be picked because such a debate, I think, can continue until eternity.

    Yes, Isaac Success hasn’t played enough matches over 2 years but the way he took his chance to score for Watford last match doesn’t smell of a player who has seen limited game time.

    Having said that, I am not clamouring for his invitation but only stressing that his limited game time doesn’t conclusively mean he will flop if invited to the Super Eagles.

    Seth Sincere may sincerely be doing well at club level at the moment but in all sincerity, the right fullback position for the Super Eagles is slowly becoming saturated with the number of right back options available to Rohr at the moment. Admittedly, some are more active for their clubs than others for various reasons.

    So, Seth will have to settle for a time when perhaps there is crisis in that position or if he, like Ndidi, could find himself in a more high profile club with his performance drawing critical acclaim, then the national team handlers will almost be forced to look his way.