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AFCON 2023: Aina, Bassey, Onyeka Were Outstanding Against Ivory Coast –Oliseh

AFCON 2023: Aina, Bassey, Onyeka Were Outstanding Against Ivory Coast  –Oliseh

Former Nigerian international, Sunday Oliseh has lauded Super Eagles trio of Ola Aina, Calvin Bassey and Frank Onyeka for their outstanding performance against Ivory Coast in Thursday’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Recall that Nigeria handed the host a 1-0 defeat in their Group A clash at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium with a second-half penalty settling the encounter.

Reacting to the victory, the former Ajax star via hos official X handle, formerly known as Twitter singled out the trio of Bassey, Onyeka and Aina as Eagles best players against Ivory Coast.


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“Ola Aina! Ola Aina!! Ola Aina!!! What a vintage, Naija like, exceptional performance he put up, as Super Eagles got their groove on to down Cote D’ivoire 1-0.

“Frank Onyeka & Calvin Bassey worked herculean too! Bravo boys!!”

Nigeria leapfrog the Elephants to go second in Group A and are behind leaders Equatorial Guinea, who beat Guinea-Bissau 4-2 earlier on Thursday, on goal difference.

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  • Sometime I wonder if we watch a diff. Game here when I read some fans not giving onyeka his flower, onyeka played his ass off yesterday, breaking the opponent counter attack on many occasion, not shy from any tackles and help his defenders, yes SO you right on this one, I castigate aina performance against EG but boy came to the party yesterday and I’m happy our boys came of from equally contested match unscratched.

    From what have seen from PO so far, he shd be able to hold his own against GB and afford VO some rest,but boy need chase the tournament top scorer, so I didn’t see him bench.

  • Larry 5 months ago

    I can’t agree less!
    Ola Aina remains the MVP for Super Eagles in the matches played so far.
    In addition to his outstanding defensive duties, he has performed better than the headless underperformers when attacking on the right wing.
    Onyeka showed up against CIV ! I believe the performance of Alhassan Yusuf is working him up.
    Bassey played his best match for the national team. He has really stepped up his ball playing skills.
    Special recognition to Nwabali, Ekong, Ajayi, and Lookman.
    Osimhen can do better by being calmer in one-one with GK.
    Iwobi is getting better but needs to exert his presence more on the game.
    Chukwueze is the most overated player on the team, he is not a starting material for Super Eagle, he should be made to sit on the bench. He is just like Uzoho on the pitch, selfish and lazy.

    • Gritty 5 months ago

      I disagree with you@Larry on Chukwueze. Chukwueze played very well yesterday. First was his well struck pass to Osimhen early in the game. Again, his runs and dribbles in the opponent 18yrd were massive.

      He can do better, especially in passing the ball to a better positioned player after the hard work.

      Chukwueze should also dare to commmite defenders for penalty opportunities in their 18yard.

      He should try to pass or shoot the ball before getting too close to a defender.

      Finally, all SE attackers, midfielders and full-backs should learn to shoot with both feet. And try to set the ball for a better placed player to shoot if not in a good position.


      • Gritty 5 months ago

        #Chukwueze. He should also work to improve his stamina, fitness and ruggedity. Imagine, Messi, you can hardly bring him down when he is attacking irrespective of the kicks and pushes…

  • Oliseh u re part of the problem Eagles are having today no dey talk about the team abeg

    • BigCole 5 months ago

      Oga make him no talk again ni, every time Oliseh talk you guys always remind him of his stint with the SE, have you forgotten that he is just an ordinary6 Nigerian like you.

  • Bestsport 5 months ago

    Oliseh is a target of hatred by Nigeria fans because he abandoned our team as coach and we couldn’t qualify to a particular afcon! We have not forgotten, we couldn’t care less about oliseh a cowboy coward and a foolish betrayal. Complete sports should lose Oliseh number and interviews for public reading.

    • I wonder how we easily forget our legends contribution at any slight misdeamenor, come to think of it have you taken time to hear the other side of his story?
      Do you know while he was a coach of SE he had to be buying food for his players while in a tournament and tolerated a host of other laxities from NFF?
      Oliseh may have his fault, but to throw the baby with the water bath, is unfair.
      Oliseh is still one of our best coaches, disciplined and technical.

  • Larry 5 months ago

    It is only ungrateful fans and those living a hatred filled life that will come online and accuse Oliseh of wrong doings. The nff worked against him to the extent that the corrupt ones almost drained his life.
    Till now, they are still owing him.
    As a coach, he later went to Holland and distinguish himself.
    Also, he is unarguably one of the most productive ex-player and widely recognized analysts among his peers.
    Stop hating, give the legendary Oliseh his flowers.

    • KangA 4 months ago

      Don’t be selective in your analysis. You left our how wicked and shameful Oliseh treated Enyema, a legendary Nigerian goalkeeper. He escorted Enyema out of the camp because he was late from burying his mother. Is Oliseh a test tube baby? Even if he were, was the pregnancy not completed in a human womb?

      Why the disregard for mothers? And Oliseh has not apologized till today. Oliseh is no better than most ex-internationals by any stretch.

      • You just need to shut up if you have nothing meaningful to say here. How did he treat Enyeama, if you don’t know what truly transpired just keep quiet.

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