Following the U-23 Eagles impressive 4-0 win against Libya in the second leg of their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Monday March 25, Completesports.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU appraises the players’ performances against the North Africans.
FRANCIS UZOHO 6/10
He was virtually on holiday in the game as the Libyans didn’t muster a shot on target all through the encounter.
EBUBE DURU 7/10
The Lobi Stars left-back put up an improved performance from the first leg. He supported the attack and performed his defensive duties dutifully on the few occasions the Libyans ventured forward.
CHIDOZIE AWAZIEM 7/10
One of the players drafted into the team from the Super Eagles. The centre-back was solid at the back and excellent with his ball distribution.
VALENTINE OZORNWAFOR 7/10
Combined well with Chidozie Awaziem at the heart of the team’s defence. He was solid all through and also made forays upfront.
ETBOY AKPAN 6/10
Not as effective as Ebube Duru who did well on the left side of the defence, but still put up an above average showing before his injury-enforced substitution in the second half.
AZUBUIKE OKECHUKWU 7/10
The captain of the side was not really at his best in the first half but came alive after the break.
KELECHI NWAKALI 7/10
Unlucky to see his excellent free-kick hit the cross bar in the first half. Gave an improved performance from the first leg even though he didn’t really hit the height expected of him.
ORJI OKONKWO 6/10
Was lively in the opening minutes but fizzled out afterwards. He was replaced by Dennis Blessed in the second half.
SAMUEL CHUKWUEZE 7/10
Worked hard with nothing to show, in form goal, for his efforts. The Villareal winger missed a good chance late in the game.
TAIWO AWONIYI 5/10
Awoniyi missed a sitter early in the game which set the tone for an underwhelming performance from him.
VICTOR OSIMHEN 9/10
Scored a hat-trick and provided the assist for the fourth goal scored by substitute David Okereke. He showed his predatory prowess all through.
DENNIS BLESSED 6/10
His introduction added more bites to the team’s attack and he had a hand in Nigeria’s fourth goal of the game.
DAVID OKEREKE 6/10
Got the fourth goal and proved he will be an important player for the team in future.
JOHN LAZARUS 5/10
Helped ward off the threats of the Libyans after replacing the injured Etboy Akpan.