Completesports.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU appraises the performance of the Flying Eagles, player-by-player, in their 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations Group A clash with hosts Niger at the Seyni Kountche Stadium Niamey …
OLAWALE OREMADE 6/10
The lanky goalkeeper was busier than in the Flying Eagles’ previous game against South Africa but did well to keep another clean sheet for the third time in the competition.
MIKE ZARUMA 5/10
Received a yellow card for his troubles. The right-back put in an average showing in the game.
JAMES OZORNWAFOR 6/10
Another spirited showing from the towering centre-back. Ozornwafor helped ward off the threats of the Nigerien forwards especially in the second half.
IGOR OGBU 6/10
Came close to breaking the deadlock for Nigeria in the second half but his well placed header was parried into safety by the opposition goalkeeper. He formed a good partnership with Ozornwafor at the heart of Flying Eagles’ defence.
IKOUEWEN UDOH 5/10
Performed his defensive task dutifully, but didn’t offer much up front. Yet to show his class in the competition.
ADAMU ALHASSAN 6/10
Scored the decisive goal for the Flying Eagles in the game. A better showing from the midfielder compare to the previous game against South Africa.
IBRAHIM ALIYU 5/10
Handed his first start of the competition in the place of Afeez Aremu but didn’t contribute much to the Flying Eagles’ overall performance. He was replaced by Adeshina Gata late in the game.
IBRAHIM ABUBAKAR 4/10
Another subdued performance from the winger. He was replaced by Maxwell Effiom in the 76th minute.
MUHAMMAD JAMIL 5 / 10
Had a tough afternoon coping with the physical Nigeriens. Not at his best all through.
ANIEKEME OKON 5/10
Another player who was handed his first start of the competition. Didn’t do his chances much harm following a battling display.
NAZIFI YAHAYA 5/10
Fluffed a glorious chance early on. The forward was left isolated upfront and didn’t have much service from the Flying Eagles’ midfielders.
MAXWELL EFFIOM 4/10
Didn’t affect the game much following his introduction for the largely ineffective Ibrahim Abubakar.
Late substitute for Ibrahim Aliyu. Not Rated