Completesports.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU assesses the performance of the Super Eagles, player-by-player, in their AFCON 2019 Group B 2-0 defeat to the Barea of Madagascar at the Alexandria Stadium on Sunday, June 30 2019.
IKECHUKWU EZENWA 5/10
Picked the ball out of his net twice, although he was not at fault for the two goals conceded by the Super Eagles in the game. Not a good way to make his Africa Cup of Nations debut.
CHIDOZIE AWAZIEM 5/10
An average performance from the defender. Defended well, but as usual contributed little to the team’s offensive buildup.
LEON BALOGUN 4/10
His terrible howler led to Madagascar’s first goal of the game and took a while for him to recover from the setback.
WILLIAM TROOST-EKONG 6/10
A slightly above average showing from the Udinese man who stood up to the some challenges posed by the Madagascar’s forwards.
OLA AINA 5/10
Disappointing performance from the left-back. He didn’t meet up with the standard set in the first two games.
JOHN OGU 4/10
He was imposing in the opening minutes but surprisingly fizzled out afterwards. Duly hauled off after the break for Wilfred Ndidi.
OGHENEKARO ETEBO 6/10
A battling performance from the Stoke City midfielder who was one of Nigeria’s best performers in the game.
JOHN MIKEL OBI 4/10
The captain of the side has so far failed to justify his inclusion in the team. Didn’t really make much impact before he was replaced by Alex Iwobi early in the second half.
SAMUEL KALU 4/10
Horrible display from the winger who was handed his first start of the competition following his ill-health.
AHMED MUSA 4/10
Looked out of sorts and seemed to have lost his tenacity. He wasted Nigeria’s best chance of the game in the first half.
ODION IGHALO 3/10
Aside from scoring the winner in Nigeria’s opening game against Burundi, Ighalo has failed to get anything right in this competition.
WILFRED NDIDI 6/10
Came in for the ineffective John Ogu after the break and was behind most of the team’s best attacking moves afterwards. Ndidi also came close to reducing the deficit towards the end of the game. Was unlucky when Madagascar free-kick took a deflection off his body to beat Ikechukwu Ezenwa for the second goal.
ALEX IWOBI 4/10
Failed in his bid to drive the team forward following his introduction. He was marked out by the opponents’ defence.
MOSES SIMON 3/10
Did little to affect the game following his introduction for Samuel Kalu.Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.