Chukwueze Named Man Of The Match In Super Eagles’ Win Vs South Africa

Chukwueze Named Man Of The Match In Super Eagles’ Win Vs South Africa

Samuel Chukwueze has been named man of the match in Nigeria’s 2-1 quater-final win against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium on Wednesday, Completesports.com reports.

Chukwueze scored the opening goal for the Super Eagles in the 27th minute of the game.

It was the Villarreal winger’s first international goal which came on his second start of the competition.

He was involved in action for the entire 90 minutes of the game.

He is the fourth Nigerian player to pick the award in the competition following in the footsteps of Wilfred Ndidi, Kenneth Omeruo and Odion Ighalo.

By Adeboye Amosu

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  • Alamin 5 years ago

    A well deserved award. May God continue to bless u chukwueze,our “Nigeria messi”
    what a good performance from u and the entire team today. moving unto the next match. up up super eagles!!!!!!

  • Dr. Drey 5 years ago

    Well deserved award. Special talent he is. But we need to learn to preserve him bcos its very obvious he’s still a kid…one of a few home grown players I can vouch for with regards their age. In a highly physical tournament like the AFCON, we need to be strategic with how we use him. just like against Burundi, he became visibly tired after the hour mark.
    I just wish he can keep a level head as he grows….bcos I see greatness written all over him

  • Joel Chidi 5 years ago

    I keep seeing comments where people are questioning musa’s contribution. For crying out loud, tactically, I can see the mountaineous job he is doing defensively and offensively and that still goes to Moses Simon. Fans like watching all fancy footwork but the coach is after who tactically will carry out those SALIENT instructions to the letter. Musa was superb as all of them too. I give it up for Collins, now I see that we missed him. He gave the defence balance and width. As for Chukwueze, ighalo will benefit hugely from his game, if he starts making diagonal runs often behind the defenders to get to the end of the quality passes that will come from this boy who will happen to win the African footballer of the year in few years time. Awaziem was solid if not spectacular. Ndidi and etebo does alot of dirty works for the S.E. Just imagining when osimhen will get the chance to play with Chukwueze, they will tear defences apart because Osimhen has a lot runs in him. He is not static and that is the edge he has over ighalo. All the same good performance from the boys as for Akpabasket, a solid defence is all we need because we don tire for the guy. UP S.E

  • Omo9ja 5 years ago

    Congratulations to you my pikin Chukwueze. I knew what you can do any day any time. It’s such a pity that we have a coach who doesn’t believed or having no trust in raw talents.

    Osemeh’s talent is wasting on the bench. Onyekuru is warning the bench for nothing.

    From the little I saw in today’s match, only coach Rohr can beat his team in this tournament.

    I have warned Nigerians about Onyekuru. I said Onyekuru may be benched throughout the tournament.

    Onyekuru like Chukwueze. These two players plus Osemeh will be too hot for any opponent to handle but as usual, what happened against Argentina and Madagascar also happens in today’s match against South Africa.

    The coach waited until South Africa equalized before he made his subs.
    We were so lucky again. I pray this luck continues to the end.

    The most importan is, we wasn’t embarrassed and we won the match.
    Talent is wasting. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Olawale 5 years ago

      @omo9ja, you have never said something positive about this coach for once and that’s not making sense anymore. You need to go to coaching school and know how it work and how substitution are been make.. Osimhen is the future no9 and can’t displace ighalo for now.. Experience count in football my brother and I believe you should know better.. You don’t train with them to know what’s really going on, so you wrong to judge for the selection..

      • I heard someone saying that Shehu should bench Chidozie Awaziem in this game I guess they can see that’s not possible. I can’t remember the last time when Nigeria was so spoiled for choice with Leftbacks’s and Right Backs and to think we still have Tyrone Ebuehi to come back. Man thank God for some solid talent in the defence

    • Oakfield 5 years ago

      Yawwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnnnnnnn!!!!!…..next pls

      • So our Golden boy proves himself game by game Samuel Chukwueze God will continue to guide you. You are a blessed talent. For me Coach Rohr needs to find a way to give Henry Onyekuru a game it’s sad we could have won this game by 3 goals margin if Henry came on for Musa an Osimhen for Ighalo. Ighalo is too slow and I against better opposition if Time not taking we may be punished. God bless our defence Jamilu Collins has proved to me that he is more solid than Ola Aina in this game

    • luomo 5 years ago

      Bro my advice, swallow your pride and give Rohr his due accolades..it won’t hurt

  • Some people cannot do without bad mouthing Rohr sha. Even if he brings the cup home some people will still be negative. Oga o

    • Williams 5 years ago

      Our aims of commenting on this forum differs in kilometers. So far, I’ve noticed Omo9ja and his duplicates to be always against Rohr no matter how good the man get his job done, it’s no surprise to me because I am very sure their hatred for him is beyond what most of us can see. From the psychological aspect of it all, I am damn sure the haters think firing Rohr would benefit them and that is the more reason they keep nagging all the time. We are only members here with different names , no one knows who.

      But I’ll just like to advice Omo9ja and his duplicates to just patiently wait for fate to decide for you guys, if it’s meant to be it will definitely be so you need not to pull someone down to get to the top, it doesn’t work that way and if probably it works, it’s just a matter of time for you to face your doom.

      I wish Rohr and SuperEagles all the very best. Keep disappointing the lunatic haters! #SoarEagles

  • Abdulrazak 5 years ago

    Even if Gernot Rohr was to walk on water, clowns like @omo9ja will still complain that’s it is because he couldn’t swim! What a pathetic human being.

  • Omaskels 5 years ago

    Beautiful performance from d super eagles..kudos to d coach for his tactics n for starting Collins n chukwueze..d Super eagles was so relaxed in d first half, playing freely n knocking d ball around very well. it’s a pity etebo couldn’t get a goal from d spot to silent his critics..ighalo is too stiff i think other strikers should be given a chance also..Awaziam superb.congrats to d team. With such determination n gud fighting spirit,no team can beat us..Go for glory Eagles!!!

  • Kejiren Omokaro 5 years ago

    Super Eagles should not allow their opponent to take shot at the edge of their eighteen yard box and they should try as far as possible to prevent them from crossing ball into the eighteen yard box from the right and Left wing of the defense ,they should also work on there self on how to defend set peaces at the eighteen yard box. They should work on there passes on the point of Goal scoring , All the same they really try in todays match ,they should keep on that fighting spirit till the Final were they will win the Nations Cup Gold Cup.Thanks

  • Omo9ja . calm down you speed up too much. Only 11 plays accepted we can’t use all players .just relax pls

  • Omo9ja we go check you . after won it 2013 in SA . 2 occasions not qualify. Now we have coach that qualify us both world cup and nation cup with a good record of qualification 1 game spare . what you need again from a coach. I am footballer right back defender .we don’t criticize

  • Sunnyb 5 years ago

    Great kid, thanks for bringing joy to many Nigerian faces, Africa footballer of the year in waiting. 

  • Pompei 5 years ago

    See the boys celebrating after beating Cameroun. See Onyekuru and Osimhen dancing and celebrating with the rest. They have not kicked a ball in this competition. Yet, here they are celebrating with everybody else. It’s called TEAM. If they win the cup, they all receive winners medals. No time for bad belle.


    • 9jaVision 5 years ago

      Pompei, you are carried! Thanks for sharing this likkle gem guy!

  • Micheal West 5 years ago

    I always said the coach has been under playing that boy but hes still the coach though. He deserve the award and a goal to crown the quality performance from him and the entire team.

  • So our Golden boy proves himself game by game Samuel Chukwueze God will continue to guide you. You are a blessed talent. For me Coach Rohr needs to find a way to give Henry Onyekuru a game it’s sad we could have won this game by 3 goals margin if Henry came on for Musa an Osimhen for Ighalo. Ighalo is too slow and I against better opposition if Time not taking we may be punished. God bless our defence Jamilu Collins has proved to me that he is more solid than Ola Aina in this game.

    I think nobody rooted for this boy more than myself and a handful of forumates. And in the same boy Coach Rohr is underuterlising Him and a couple others too I.e Onyekuru and Osimhen

  • Illumia 5 years ago

    You are not getting what is been said by Omo9ja, and also Omo9ja always sticks with his comment and defends them.

    We are congratulating Chukwueze now because the coach allowed him to play from start to finish of the game, while in previous encounters he was not trusted to play full 90mins.

    Ighalo is a strong no9 and can cause damage if given the ball but his not quick on the feet, and he could be substituted after 65mins not 85 mins when there is only few minutes to be played.

    Did you see about 4 crosses cutting through to the box and no one to tap it into the net? You do that!

    South Africa suppose chop 5 yesterday!

    We need Osmihen, in the number 9 at least second half of play, let Ighalo play first half.

    It is only when Nigeria is beating you will start hearing this.

    Congrats to you Chukwueze, we have been shouting that you should be played. So we share in your joy.

    Congrats to you Rohr, hoping your luck continue to shine.

    PS : Osmihen has been doing great in training and scoring fantastic goals so he should be tried before been judged.

  • Peter Nleanya 5 years ago

    Congratulations super eagles of Nigeria for our victory over bafana bafana of South Africa, you guys made us proud, praying that you come home with the afcon 2019 trophy, bravo !

  • Oakfield 5 years ago

    Congrats chukwueze, you are blessed. Nigeria is just spoilt with talents. Can u just imagine, we’ve been blasting on all cylinders and we still have a very strong bench. Some world class players have not even tasted action but we’ve been cruising easily. That’s how u know a great team, the bench is as fearful as the first eleven.

  • Good one Chukwueze,you took your chance by the scruff of the neck.No wonder people where rooting that you should start.
    Many times,there is “sense” in some Non-sense.I usually try to pick out the “sense”.Now the gaffer says Osimhen needs to get stronger,that he easily falls when tackled in training.I believe him,I can see Ighalo’s strength on the ball,but I wish I could ask the gaffer if Ighalo can make the runs Osimhen makes,if Ighalo has the brutal pace of Osimhen,if Ighalo is more lethal,in front of goal,if Ighalo can last 90mins in top form?

    This is where I agree with you @ Illuminia,we don’t take anything away from Odion he works hard and is very confident,but like Omo9ja would say and you have reiterated,Odion is not a 90mins man.Oh we even also have Henry on the bench,so if we have an opportunity to change him,why delay? We lost against the Argies because,the gaffer painfully delayed.Against SA,there was need to change before the equaliser.

    But as I write this,I begin to see the real issue.The major issue,is what the gaffer expects of a nmba9. Look, if an Aiyegbeni or Amokachi were in that team,it’s a no brainer for the gaffer,they are his exact specs. See,if the gaffer had Ruud Van Nisteroy and Olivier Giroud in his team to pick one,he will not think about it too much,Giroud must start.He likes them big and strong,able to protect the ball,pace is secondary ,for him his wingers will offer him pace.For him,even the midfield doesn’t have to be full of flair,let it be efficient and disciplined,just feed the wingers.You know,every coach with his ways,you remember how late Coach Keshi preferred big players?

    So ‘as you dey see Bros Rohr there so’,he values Onuachu more than Osimhen and Henry as a nmba9.It’s just that Onuachu ‘dey fall the coach hand’.He is not giving the gaffer what he expects from a big man like him.Notice the way he comically gets knocked off the ball.Knowing what the gaffer wants is why I asked who Simi Nwankwo offended,few days back. A big man like Onuachu and offers by far more protection of the ball,he’s been consistently scoring for his club too. But I understand that all coaches make mistakes,so no big deal.

    So I think we can now understand why,it was difficult for the coach to substitute Odion against SA.It’s not so easy to make the coach see Osimhen or Onyekuru as viable options as nmba9 because,this thing is what is called a PHILOSOPHY. The gaffer has a philosophy on how his nmba9 should function and you and I know that it takes more than just suggestion to change anybody’s philosophy,add to it that the man by nature is so difficult to bend.

    So we can only hope. Sometimes such people change when there is pressure such that they have no choice. That’s how Onazi got out of the way and Mikel too.It was his philosophy for midfield that made him persist with Onazi,even though it was clear Onazi was past it.We know how a certain match exposed Onazi so badly and the gaffer had no where to hide,but to reluctantly start benching Onazi.I like to say the gaffer has grace working for him in this regard.

    Well,if he persists with his philosophy on his top nine,no ‘wahala’. Afterall,people may not like him,but Giroud works well for Chelsea and France.Well not many these days,have what Giroud offers,I think Icardi,Lukaku and Costa does though.
    So well, the gaffer should scout for best fits for his philosophy.If Simi or anyone is better, give him the chance,then we support his philosophy because,he has the right personnel to implement it.
    However,no philosophy should change the Nigerian way,the excellent Berti Vogts tried but it didn’t work. We have an ingrained style of playing which ordinarily Mr Rohr would have wanted to change,but month after month he is subtly tending towards that style and long may it happen abeg.
    All the very best Super Eagles. Hope you are watching my star man- Ndidi. West Africa rules the roost sha.

    • They trained their eyes on Ighalo and marked him out, not knowing Rohr anticipated that and so made Chukwueze play a false number 9 role, while Awaziem doubled up his wing-back role with some forward runs and loop ins. Rohr is an old fox in this game. He’s widely experienced, certainly one of the oldest coaches in this tournament. Never disrespect or belittle hoary hair – It has seen and applied different 100 tactics with different clubs and national teams and finds a perfect one for every match. Now, I no longer really miss Moses. Musa is a gem, a real skippo on the field, leading by example always. The road is clear now, this is certainly looking like a Senegal – Nigeria final. A sure cracker to determine the true kings of African football.

      • What you just described is a typical Rohr system in operation, that’s the preference I described for his nmba 9.It allows the wingers to use their pace on the flanks or they could cut it if possible.So it’s not a false 9 matter.

        That’s why I said Giroud is a typical Rohr striker. People even in France,kept complaining that Giroud wasn’t scoring at the last Worldcup,that why on earth is the coach starting him. The coach ignored them and continued to start his man because,for him Giroud makes others play. Giroud shields the ball well and releases others,he can head a pullout from his keeper to release the wingers. He is the physical guy,who battles and recieves heavy knocks from defenders and midfielders(because he often drops in deep too) all for the sake of the team.Yes the coach likes him to score but even if he doesn’t and he does the other things,the coach is okay.I don’t think Giroud scored in that Worldcup but he lifted the trophy,as a starter!
        That’s the kind of brief Ighalo has. It was against Cameroon we saw a very marked change in Ighalo. In previous matches he was isolated up top,Giroud can manage that because,he is taller than Ighalo and uses his height well for headers. So against Cameroon Ighalo he began to drop deep and do some link up play,this continued against SA,so obviously that gives wingers the ventilation to be goal threats,it’s simple it’s the operation of Rohr’s philosophy.
        Please take it easy on Musa,let’s call a spade a spade,this was Musa’s best match in this tournament,if he deserved to start the previous matches, he didn’t deserve 90mins in any single one of them. Let’s say things as they are please.

  • Gritty 5 years ago

    @Oge you equally forgot to add; Osimhen is very good with the head (aerial balls), one area Odion Ighalo is deficient. Odion has height but can’t use it on aerial duels (see his neck flop that resulted in South Africa’s goal).

    While congratulating the Super eagles of Nigeria and Coach G.Rhor for job well done and wishing them better results and victory in the semis and finals.
    MY Observation going forward:
    1. I wish to salute Etebo for his improvement in free kick taking, wish he should still bring out time in his personal training to perfect that skill, we, your fans, expect a goal from you in this area in the next match.
    2. All our wingers/strikers (Musa, Chukwueze, Iwobi and Odion) should train personally to be proficient in using R2 to score goals anywhere (left or right) close to the box. Musa had about 3 clear opportunity to score using this special technique but could not muster it. Don’t give a striker like Mane such opportunity, you will find the ball inside your net in 2 seconds.
    3. Players should train in the area of level shot taking close to the box area. 4. G. Rhor kindly bring in Osimhen in 2nd half in place of Odion Ighalo in our next match. Osimhen has pace, skill (one on one situation), can score with his head, has fire shots, resilient finisher and a team player too. 5. Please give Uzoho another chance, he is good at saving one on one situation. See South Africa goal keeper. Pls after this AFCON kindly invite goal keeper Dele Alampusu to compete with others plssssss (He was the golden glove winner at the youth world cup for Nigeria). That talent and skill is still very imminent in him.
    6. Kudos to Samuel Chukwueze for your European displays, you were coming to the midfield to pick balls yourself and pushing heavy counter attacks. God bless you bro. Remain humble, courageous and master your R2 skill, more accurate assists and sometimes try to win penalties for your team.

    7. How can I not commend Iwobi the gunner, Ndidi Kante, Omeruo the rock (He has greatly improved), Ekong, Collins, Awaziem and Ighalo. Congratulations Super eagles and best of luck!

    • Thanks,didn’t need to highlight that anyway because,it changes nothing in the overall complexion of my post.The guy simply doesn’t fit the philosophy. We can only hope.

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