AUSTIN EJIDE: Not really a convincing performance by the second choice Super Eagles goalkeeper who stood in for skipper and first choice Vincent Enyeama. Ejide did not do enough to organise his defence which left him exposed to the determined Congolese forwards who put three goals behind him to seal a shock and valuable away win against Nigeria. 4/10.
ELDERSON ECHIEJILE: The Monaco defender who is returning to the Eagles after missing the World Cup due to injury was a shadow of himself. He struggled in the left back position and was severally terrorised by the Congolese forwards who were strong and very mobile. One of his forays upfront left the Eagles defence exposed which led to the congolese equaliser. 4/10.
KENNETH OMERUO: The Middlesbrough centre back couldn’t put up his usual commanding display in heart of the Eagles defence. The robust play of the physical Congolese players did much to thwart his effectiveness and combination with Godfrey Oboabona. Omeruo was also guilty of giving away posession and it was simply a generally bad day for the young defender. 5/10.
GODFREY OBOABONA: The Rizespor of Turkey defender was simply not on top of his game as he struggled throughout the game. He was severally caught out of position and his lack of understanding with his centre-back pair, Omeruo led to the shoddy defending which the Congolese team capitalised on to run away with the three points. 4/10.
EFE AMBROSE: The Celtic of Scotland defender was his usual self foraying upfront to join the Eagles attack in the early stages and scored Nigeria’s first goal in the process. Subsequently, there was nothing to write home about his performance and he was culprit in the generally poor defending by the Eagles which did the team in. 5/10.
OGENYI ONAZI: The Lazio of Italy utility midfielder surprisingly put up an average performance which expectedly affected the Eagles balance. Onazi of recent, has become the key player in the Eagles midfield and anytime he struggles, the team struggled. While not lacking in efforts, his forced zealousness resulted in the foul in the box through which the Congolese got the third goal via penalty. 5/10.
RAMON AZEEZ: Made a surprise return to the Eagles starting line-up in a three-man midfield alongside Mikel Obi and Ogenyi Onazi. But the Almeria midfielder struggled to hold his own against the physical and more mobile Congolese who ensured the Eagles couldn’t dictate the game from the middle for most period in the game before was subbed by Nosa Igiebor. 4/10.
MIKEL OBI: Once again, the Chelsea midfielder didn’t pull his weight enough in the Eagles midfield and was sometimes overwhelmed by the physicality of the Congolese who were not tired of running and marking. He made a couple of good passes though but he generally lacked the dominance which could have given the Eagles the cutting edge. His 5/10.
NNAMDI ODUAMADI: Returned to the Eagles fold after missing out of the World Cup and was eager to impress. The Crotone of Italy player put up some spirited displays in the attack and could have been credited for an assist but his effectiveness was largely thwarted by the hard-tackling Congolese who ensured he was not given too much space to cause havoc. 5/10.
AHMED MUSA: The CSKA Moscow forward was arguably the best Eagle on the night and was a thorn in the flesh of the Congolese defence. Unlucky not to have got a goal to his credit for his efforts but he let his frustration got the better of him when the Eagles were struggling to get back into the game which led him to harras the linesman on ane occastion which fetched him a yellow card. 6/10.
UCHE NWOFOR: Was the surprise choice of coach Stephen Keshi to lead the Eagles attack (ahead of Emmanuel Emenike) and the occasion simply overwhelmed the ……….. forward. Though he gave his best but he was severally outmuscled by the Congolese defenders. He managed to get one or two shots at goal before he was subbed by Emenike in the second half. 5/10.
NOSA IGIEBOR: His introduction alongside Emenike helped the Eagles but he failed to convert a begging chance to have reduced the tally by puting his shot wide over the bar with the keeper at his mercy. 4/10.
EMMANUEL EMENIKE: Brought his experience and power to bear when he came on in the second half and putting great pressure on the Congolese defence who managed to hold on to earn the maximum point. 6/10.
GBOLAHAN SALAMI: The only home-based player to feature in the game and made a good impact by getting the second goal for Nigeria. 6/10.