Completesportsnigeria.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU appraises the performance of home-based Super Eagles players in their African Nations Championship (CHAN) quarter-final clash against the Palancas Negras of Angola…
IKECHUKWU EZENWA 9/10
The Enyimba goalkeeper made four top-class saves to keep his side in the game. Ezenwa faced his first real test test in the competition and came out in flying colours.
OSAS OKORO 5/10
The right-back did his defensive job well but offered little going forward unlike in previous games. Put up an average performance in the game.
STEPHEN EZE 6/10
Struggled a little bit following the forced substitution of his centre-back partner Kalu Orji due to injury. The Locomotiv Plovdiv of Bulgaria new signing made some vital blocks and did well to coordinate the defence.
KALU ORJI 5/10
The centre-back was substituted in the 11th minute due to an ankle injury and his absence was felt by the Home Eagles as the team’s defence looked shaky for the first time in the competition.
IKOUWEN UDOH 5/10
The left-back put up an average showing in his debut appearance in the competition. Ikouwen supported the attack well but was caught out of position a number times by the Angolans.
EMEKA ATULOMA 7/10
His best performance of the competition so far. The Rivers United midfielder was lively all through, shielding the back four and was also a threat going forward.
RABIU ALI 5/10
The veteran midfielder was not at his best in the game. He struggled at times and his ball distribution was poor.
DAYO OJO 7/10
A tough tackler and good passer of the ball. The Sunshine Stars midfielder was one of Nigeria’s best performers in the game.
SUNDAY FALEYE 5/10
Had a quiet game and had a bad looking hand injury. He was duly substituted early in the second half for the match winner Gabriel Okechukwu.
EMEKA OGBUGH 4/10
Not really at his marauding best in the game as he was checkmated by the Angolan defence. He was replaced early in the second half by Austine Oladapo following an injury.
ANTHONY OKPOTU 6/10
Missed some good scoring opportunities but dragged the Home Eagles back into the game with a late equaliser.
TIMOTHY DANLADI 4/10
A disappointing showing from the Katsina United centre-back who was at fault for the Palancas Negras goal. He lacked confidence was gave the ball away in dangerous positions. He replaced the injured Orji.
AUSTINE OLADAPO 6/10
Took the place of Emeka Ogbugh early in the second half and added more steel to the midfield and the attack.
GABRIEL OKECHUKWU 6/10
Missed two good chances after replacing Sunday Faleye but atoned for that by scoring the winning goal in extra time.