Completesports.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU appraises the performance of Super Eagles’ players in their 1-0 win against the Swallows of Burundi – their first AFCON 2019 Group B match at the Alexandria Stadium on Saturday.
DANIEL AKPEYI 7/10
Made a number vital saves for the Super Eagles in the game, but looked shaky at times. The Chippa United goalkeeper will need to work on his confidence in the subsequent games.
SHEHU ABDULLAHI 6/10
Looked bright and made good runs upfront until he was forced off the pitch as a result of injury.
KENNETH OMERUO 7/10
Had a tough time dealing with Burundi top striker Fiston Abdoul-Razak, but did well in stopping the JS Kabyile of Algeria hitman from getting a goal in the game.
WILLIAM TROOST-EKONG 6/10
Caught out of position a number of times. He will look to be more assertive in the Super Eagles’ subsequent games.
OLA AINA 7/10
Took the place of the injured Jamilu Collins and was lively all through. Provided a superb assist for Odion Ighalo’s goal that won the match for the Super Eagles.
WILFRED NDIDI 7/10
An above average showing from the Leicester City man who was Nigeria’s best midfielder in the game.
JOHN MIKEL OBI 5/10
Didn’t contribute much in the game and was hurled off early in the second half for Ahmed Musa.
OGHENEKARO ETEBO 6/10
Not one of his best games for the Super Eagles. Helped the defence but was less influential upfront.
SAMUEL CHUKWUEZE 7/10
The Villarreal winger was a handful for the Burundi defenders and was unlucky not to get a goal in the game.
ALEX IWOBI 8/10
Unarguably Nigeria’s best performer on the night. He was behind most of the Super Eagles best attacking moves of the game.
PAUL ONUACHU 6/10
Toiled hard to impress in the game with little or nothing to show for his efforts.
CHIDOZIE AWAZIEM 7/10
Took the place of the injured Shehu Abdullahi three minutes before the break and made a number of vital blocks in the second half.
AHMED MUSA 7/10
His introduction in place of John Mikel Obi helped change the complexion of the game in favour of the Super Eagles.
ODION IGHALO 7/10
Proved his predatory prowess with a sublime goal after coming on as a substitute, replacing Paul Onuachu in the 73rd minute.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 The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.