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How Super Eagles Rated In Draw Vs Cape Verde

How Super Eagles Rated In Draw Vs Cape Verde

Completesports.com‘s ADEBOYE AMOSU rates the performances of Super Eagles players in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Tuesday night…


The goalleeper had little or nothing to do in the game. Okoye conceded for the third time in the qualifiers.


Played the corner-kick that was converted by Victor Osimhen for Nigeria’s only goal of the game. Not a bad performance from the Nantes of France man.


Excelled in the wing-back position once again. He seems determined not to relinquish his starting role in the team.


Posted an above average performance in the game. He has now started Nigeria’s last three games.


The Watford defender misplaced a pass in the first half. He would do well to improve on his concentration level.


Got booked for a rash challenge late on. Did well to keep the opposing strikers at bay.

Read Also:Okoye: ‘We Must Shut Out Cape Verde To Reach WCQ Final Round’


Dictate the pace for the Super Eagles especially in the first half. One of Nigeria’s best performers on the night.


Had a well struck shot saved by the Cape Verde goalkeeper in the first half. Tired out and was replaced by Frank Onyeka in the 77th minute.


A lively display from the Everton man. Iwobi was everywhere on the pitch.


The striker struggled to make much impact on his return to the Super Eagles. Fluffed two good scoring opportunities in the first half.


Scored Nigeria’s only goal of the game and was a threat to the opposition defence all through.



Helped kept things tight at the back after replacing the injured Moses Simon in the second half.


Took the place of Joe Aribo13 minutes from time.


Dropped to the bench for Odion Ighalo. He didn’t do much after replacing the latter.

Not Rated.

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  • John-I 3 years ago

    Ghana is in Pot2, they may likely meet Nigeria. Someone here said he prefers Ghana lol. Your wish will soon be granted!


  • gowetok 3 years ago

    IGaho didn’t show why he was invited. An woyini will have done a better job

    • KangA 3 years ago

      When most fans advised him to hang on to the records he had achieved and shun his return to the SE, he didn’t listen, stubbornly making the ego trip back. It’s now obvious that Pinnick and Oga Rohr have conspired to rubbish what he had attained.

      So sad.

  • GLORY 3 years ago

    To be honest, at some point, I just praying that Nigeria should scale through all for the sake of Rohr’s life; based on what some of the spectators started saying/planning. Rohr would have left that stadium hearing the sound of phones ringing unending till that inevitable visitor arrive. I just thank God for his life n going forward, NFF must move our games to Abuja away from those irate Lagos fans.

  • Chidi 3 years ago

    It’s obvious guys that GR is not a tactical coach even though am his die hard fan but after five years of bonding d team still play so poorly,it calls for a tactical assessment of GR
    1,NFF should remove politics n federal character from our football and choose players based on merit n opponent,
    2its crystal Arebor is an average player
    2playing in Scotland league shouldn’t gurantee one a regular starter in SE
    3we clearly miss etebor at SE he is d engine room of our midfield
    4i said it before that our defence is a time bomb waiting to explode but nobody cared to say anything
    Awuziem has matured he is a bit similar to past SE denfenders beast like n should be paired with akpoguna at d heart of d defence,balogun n ekong will emberass us at d nations cup mark my words,
    Finally we can’t win anything with GR as a coach unless mother luck smile on us,honestly I don’t hate him but that’s d gospel truth
    God bless Nigeria

  • Rhor please find a creative midfielder for SE or convert Ejuke to one……SE is too flat and shallow……Any team that has a midfield at all can hold us and match us toe to toe…… Midfield is what distinguish a strong team from a weak team…… without a midfield attack is almost useless…… osimhen is almost killing himself to create something for SE which is not supposed to be so for a team like cape Verde…….There was nothing that separated us from cape Verde today and it’s shameful……. Rhor needs to do something ASAP before we get found out.

  • Major 3 years ago

    Recently, Genot Rohr is the worst coach on earth, for goodness sake, how can you bench most of your best players for mediocres, can someone tell me how is Jamilu Collins, Moses Simon and Shehu Abdullahi better than Chukwueze, Ola Aina and Chidera Ejuke?
    What kind of tactics is Rohr adopting?
    I was a big fan of his but the recent performance for super eagles shows that he has nothing special to offer Nigeria again. Let’s stop living in his past glory….. Change is good when needed.
    Get Genot Rohr OUT!! and save Super eagles
    Let all these corruptions and malpractices going on lately in this team stop abeg!

  • Diran 3 years ago

    Kelechi Nwakali of Huesca in Spain or James Igbekeme of Real Zaragoza also in Spain are creative midfielders that will ensure supply to the Super Eagles strikers like Ighalo, Osimhen or Iheanacho. Coach Rohr would please give a chance to either Nwakali or Igbekeme in the March playoffs. Also, I will advise that the March playoff home game for Nigeria should be played at Uyo, where the pitch is much bigger, world-class standard and will allow the players to express themselves better. the Lagos pitch is small. Hope NFF is listening.

  • Anyone would’ve hoped Chuwueze replaces Ighalo in that game to play false 9 and support Osimehn upfront instead of Iheanacho. It’s like leaving a Victor Moses on the bench wasting. It was obvious Osimehn had little or no help in the attacking department, where Ighalo was not needed at all. Pretty sure the opponents will not come all out at the eagles the way they did because Chukwueze would perfectly utilize all the counter plays lIheanacho had. Mehn Osimehn my man of the match. He was hot and too much to handle.

  • _ My Player Ratings _

    Super Eagles fans heaved a huge sigh of relief at the last whistle after visitors Cape Verde held Nigeria to a hard fought 1:1 draw in this evening’s world cup qualifier, a result that guaranteed safe passage to the final round for Nigeria.

    Needing a favourable outcome at home following the shambolic loss to Central Africa Republic at the same stadium in September, the Super Eagles were quick out of the blocks today when Osimhen latched on to a loose ball (following a Moses Simon inswinger into the box 18) to finish off with a low drive in just 1 minute.

    But the visitors’ counterstroke was equally expeditious after Ekong lost Cape Verde’s Stopira inside Nigeria’s 18 yard box following a corner kick before he (Stopira) shot past a hapless Okoye who perhaps could have done better in just 6 minutes.

    Despite numerous chances created by Nigeria and some anxious moments from Cape Verde on the side, the game ended 1:1 to the relief of fans.

    It was a disciplined display from the Super Eagles who could have scored more than 1 goal but they met the Cape Verde goalkeeper in inspired form. Compact play and positional astuteness from Nigeria helped contain the Cape Verdeans long enough to see out the game.

    Below are my player ratings:

    Maduka Okoye (6/10) : the new Watford man fell at the first hurdle, conceding from a corner kick in just the 6th minute after Ekong competently lost his man. The 21 year old net minder exhibited questionable technique by comically allowing the ball to go through him. That aside Okoye’s starting position was promising as he came out a number of times in a timely manner to douse the flames of the opponents’ attacks into the box 18. He also executed decent distributions. In all, Okoye showed alertness in a tension soaked match but still didn’t always look as assured as one would expect.

    The jury is still out in certain corners as to whether Okoye is good enough to be Nigeria’s number one despite his high profile move to the English Premier League.

    Moses Simon (5.5/10) : again, one can’t really fault the work rate of the Nantes winger who gave his all before being withdrawn due to injury. His corner kicks did leave a lot to be desired though and some of his other set pieces were overcooked, even though the bend he applied to one of his freekicks almost resulted in a spectacular goal.

    Simon’s troublesome inswinger caused the defensive mayhem inside Cape Verde’s box 18 that Osimhen profited for Nigeria’s solitary goal. The diminutive winger showed determination not to be breached at the back and he got into decent positions up front where his end products remained (sadly) below par for the most parts.

    William Troost-Ekong (4.5/10): the Watford man was a liability at times in this encounter. He made a pigs ear of a simple pass that almost caused a major incident inside Nigeria’s 18 yard box deep in the first half before Awaziem came to the rescue. Earlier, his shoddy defending inside the 18 yard box following a corner kick left Cape Verde’s Stopira free to blast past Okoye in just 6 minutes which set the tone for his overall poor outing today.

    In the second half, he was however alert to help keep Cape Verde at bay. He played his part in showing the positional discipline and sharp markings that made the game remain 1:1.

    Leon Balogun (6/10) : his first touch let him down briefly earlier in the first half but he distributed the ball well enough. Balogun looked assured and in command and was often at the right place to make crucial interceptions.

    For the second game running, Balogun conceded a freekick in a (very) promising area for the opposition, this time towards the left side just outside Nigeria’s box 18 in the dying minutes after a very clumsy tackle just after the same Cape Verde player dribbled him silly.

    Chidozie Awaziem (6.5/10): he wasn’t quite as adventurous or flamboyant as in the last match as he elected to focus on his defensive duties. Awaziem’s markings and interceptions were near-top notch tonight. He kept it rather simple with his distribution and he was always ready to mop up Ekong’s mess. He help others double up on opposition attackers.

    Just like his other colleagues, Awaziem was as alert as a leopard in the dying minutes to keep the Cape Verdeans at arms length.

    Jamilu Collins (7/10): this was a vastly improved performance from the Paderborn man as his performance had far more positives than negatives. Yes he executed a terrible freekick and some of his throw-ins were unproductive. However in the same breath, some of his throw-ins were expertly executed as they travelled far and caused panic. He could have claimed an assist in the first half had Ighalo made better use of his (Collins) beautiful low cross.

    In fact, Collins delivered another posh cross to Osimhen in the second half which caused problems. He also executed a key block to deny the Cape Verdeans a legitimate chance and another great clearance in the second half.

    In short, Collins was up for it today and had a splendid game offensively and defensively.

    Wilfred Ndidi (7/10): shielding the defence is his subroutine and he carried it out robustly. The Leicester man barely put a foot wrong and was the parapet that the Cape Verdeans found hard to breach more so in the dying minutes when he provided extra body in the 18 yard box to prevent a potential goal bound effort.

    Ndidi would pop up in and around Cape Verde’s 18 yard box on occasions to deliver delicate passes and open up channels of attack. His forward forays were meaningful, not only in creating scoring chances but in helping peg back Cape Verde.

    Ndidi was indeed masterful today.

    Joe Aribo (6.5/10) : anonymous early on, the Rangers man grew into the match as time wore on. He would unleash a fearsome effort to the goalkeeper’s right that needed to be saved following an Ighalo neat knock down. In fact he had another effort on goal after which also drew a save from the goalkeeper.

    At the back, Aribo did his fair share of defending, making a crucial clearance. He was very much dialled in today and got into the thick of the game. He was by no means a passenger even though he tired into the second half. Aribo refused to be pulled out of position which in turn allowed the Super Eagles dictate the tempo for long periods.

    A much improved performance however more is still expected of a centre midfielder.

    Alex Iwobi (8.5/10) : oh my goodness, where does he get the lungs and legs from? As if there were multiple Iwobis on the pitch today as the Everton man was just about everywhere to great effect. The ebullient midfielder had a shot on target in 10 minutes interspersed with him helping Nigeria retain possession, dictate play and orchestrate the pacing of the game.

    Iwobi, on more than one occasion, helped to retrieve the ball from opposition players to put Nigeria back on the front foot. His through ball to Iheanacho later in the match was a joy to behold.

    In short, Iwobi’s output for Nigeria was simply remarkable today.

    Odion Ighalo (5/10): the returnee Saudi based striker had problems with the pacing of the game earlier on as he seemed to lag behind the tempo. He made a hash of a beautiful cross from Collins and also blew a header wide following a cross from Osimhen.

    That said Ighalo did provide a neat lay off for Aribo whose glorious shot was parried. He also provided a promising through ball to Osimhen in the second half. But I think Ighalo’s diminishing mobility meant Osimhen had to cover more grounds. Ighalo seemed content just hovering around the 18 yard box. Is this a good or bad thing? I guess any striker paired with Ighalo has to be prepared to do more of the grunt work.

    Victor Osimhen (9/10) [My Man of the Match] : the Napoli man deserves his goal today because he earned it with hard work and tireless dedication. Osimhen was tenacious, not giving up on any chance however slim or difficult. He did most of the dirty work up front and worked his socks off. He kept faith with the half-chance from Simon’s in-swinger to volley home from close range after the ball refracted off a defender’s head in the first minute.

    Osimhen performed the high press to perfection often causing the Cape Verdeans to rethink their approach. He tracked all the way back to Nigeria’s box 18 at some point to foil the opponents’ plans. He delivered a number of crosses,did the dirty work up front, was always aware of his surroundings and helped the team maintain its shape.

    Osimhen’s hard work shone through.


    Shehu Abdullahi (5.5/10) : the Cyprus man came in at a time the Cape Verdeans were making multiple substitutions in preparation of throwing the kitchen sink at Nigeria. True to expectation, they stepped on the gas and attempted to pile pressure on Nigeria in the dying minutes. Shehu had to be alert to play his part in weathering the storm and he did by staying in position and not leaving needles gaps.

    Kelechi Iheanacho (5/10): Vardy’s strike partner tried to get into promising positions. He did his best to help the team maintain its shape up front. He was at the end of a through pass that held hope for a second goal.

    Although he lost possession carelessly initially, Iheanacho’s introduction meant the Cape Verdeans could not be too careless in their search for a second goal as he did his fair share of closing down (pressing).

    Frank Onyeka (5/10): the Brentford man was always on the lookout to make interceptions so he didn’t really see much of the ball.

    Paul Onuachu (4.5/10): he showed lack of awareness of his surroundings by ploughing straight into something like 3 defenders when he could have held up play and pass to the nearest player.

    • Greenturf 3 years ago

      Great analysis @Deo i doff my hat to you!

    • I think this coach has paid his due . We got the players but this Man does not know what to do with them. Abi what is the use of Ighalo in the team. Wasted two clear cut chances that the younger guys would have buried. With this display they are not ready for Qatar.

    • pompei 3 years ago

      Enjoyable read, Deo. Thanks.

    • Thanks Pompei and Greenturf. What I really enjoyed about this game was the competent attention to positional details displayed by the team.

      As I watched the match, I tried to pay attention to the their constellation as the game wore on. One thing I noticed was that because the Super Eagles stubbornly refused to be disjointed (and pulled in different directions) Cape Verde found them much harder to break down.

      There was synergy and sync in movements, their communication was effective and their rythm was compact.

      But for their stubborn goalkeeper, the Super Eagles could have been out of sight by the 60th minute.

      It wasn’t the most enjoyable to watch by still very gratifying to witness in that it held promise.

      Simply put: I didn’t waste my time watching this match.

    • Incisive analysis of the game, @Deo.
      That was a balanced and unbiased assessment of every player on parade last night. Expertly done!
      This scorecard also firms up my belief in this team, like many on this platform.

      Let’s keep supporting the team; hopefully, the Eagles would soar above the play off hurdle to book the 2022 world cup ticket in Dubai.

  • Rohr is APC’s next level, a disaster.
    What a disaster!!!

  • Slikz 3 years ago

    I can’t rate anybody above 3/10 in that team.

  • Gritty 3 years ago


    Hi fans! Please how is Okoye SE safest hand at the moment? I think even Akpeyi would have saved that Cape Verde equalizer at Lagos bcos it was a direct ball to the keeper. Watch the match highlight again, I noticed Okoye fell into his own post in anxiety, behind the touch line, even b4 the ball got to him instead of charging up to the moment…………! Please lets investigate this matter….. What is really wrong? Can you see the kind of fabulous saves made by the Cape V. keeper even the speedy close range header of Aribo, he paraded it. A good Goalkeeper charges at the ball at crucial moments, even wen the chips are down! NFF and G. Rhor, YOU HAVE TO REVISIT THE GOALKEEPER ISSUE ASAP as good attackers like Mahrez, Salah et al., will certainly punish us aplenty with Okoye in our post (NFF and G.Rhor are the SE COUCHES;”;Lolz not Coaches). Pls Invite Adeleye (Isreali keeper), Alampasu, Uzoho even the new Arsenal and Totteham keepers, I mean fish out the best talent among our options even if he has little experience, fix friendlies …..I rate Akpeyi and Uzoho far above Okoye (forget about the club football thing, afterall he was picked from a lower division b4 he moved-up bcos of the SE opportunity).

    2. I want to commend Alex Iwobi for those pull outs and square plays into the opponent’ 18 for Osimhen… Kudos!!! (Obviously not Ighalo as he is certainly not good with up balls nor with his head). More of such display Iwobi, it must not always be ground passes which our African opponents already know and have learnt to stretch down to stop them. Watch and practice Mikel Obi passes, even Jay Jay, Kelvin Debrune….. et al., (But we still need any of Nwakali, Olise, Eze, Amoo, or …. other similar great options to support Iwobi as I have observed that Iwobi is not a 90mins player esp against African teams, fizzles out from 65-70 minutes of play (may be he has to work on his endurance level).

    3. Balogun, Ekong, Aribo also appear to fizzles out from 65-70 minutes of play (I stand to be corrected)

    4. Our strikers and midfielder must practice how to play hot shots (please learn from Emmanuel Emennike, Rashidi Yekini of blessed memory….etc) How can a striker blow off a one-on-one shot with the Keeper wide away from the post, its better it hit the Goalkeeper and rebound for someone close to play it in: Osimhen (my Man) don’t find the space above the Goalkeeper, JUST STRIKE IT DIRECTLY, … e must ENTER….Lolzzz.
    Even Ndidi should equally shoot wen the opportunity arises..(go watch Sunday Oliseh powerful strikes).

    5. Gernot Rhor, you are too scared and ineptitude to handle the SE task ahead (I’m sorry to say). How can you have Umar Sadiq, Taiwo, Dessers, and others and you still went for Ighalo. Can you now see that Osimhen is far above Ighalo in all round striking role? Gernot Rhor you are really disappointing me wallahi!…. How can you bench Chukwueze and Aina in the two matches (not even 20mins play?); can you now see why some of your players yell and grumble against your ineptitude? (Pls I didn’t mention Balogun, E.Denis, V.Moses, even the thing tire Mikel Obi for world cup and he had to stay away for months only returned bcos of his position as captain). Fans don’t be surprised that Victor Moses did not want to come back bcos of Rhors’ Ineptitude. Some highly temperamental professionals players cannot stand such foolishly in a competitive match, even Messi and Ronaldo have sacked under-performing coaches….go check the records… You stopped inviting Emmanuel Denis bcos he told you the bitter truth at your face….?.

    Finally, Gernot Rhor is not the man, he is too fearful, rigid, tactically deficient, too defensive in nature yet goal still dey enter against lowly ranked teams…. SAD Indeed!

    I would not say any further for now… we are watching both the Picnic led NFF&Gernot Rhor “Orishirishi”!!!

    Nigerian Fans are Worried!!!

    • Are you mad? Invite Alampasu? I dare you to mention the name of the club he plays for..the last time you watched Alampasu play was 8 years and you just came here to exhibit your stupidity

      • Gritty 3 years ago

        #Seyi, you are the one who is Idiotic and Ignoramus! you lack comprehension of common “contextual meaning” …. Stupidly read those lines again….. Fellow ineptitude as Gernot Rohr! Ye ye dey smell!

  • Any player who knows his onions will insult Gernot Rohr… the man is like a “Babiala Beggar”… NFF is just using Rohr for business… Dennis Emmanuel dont take shit because he knows he is better than players being invited and it is all fraud… for Mikel Obi to quarrel with Rohr for being too defensive and timid in his tactics says it all… imagine a coach sacked by Niger and Gabon coming to take over Super Eagles because he has a white skin and taking a collosal Euros50K they wont ever pay a Nigerian… a country of over 200million+ it is a tired old man we can afford… shame!

    • JimmyBall 3 years ago

      this was JimmyBall… I mistakenly could not write my name in full…

  • pompei 3 years ago

    The Aribo conundrum. I saw his attempts at goal today. A terrific near post header, and a left-footed effort that almost nestled in the top right corner of the CV net. I also saw him doing his bit defensively. But in my opinion, his overall contribution still pales in comparison to what I know he’s capable of, what he does on a weekly basis at the Ibrox.
    Let’s not be too hard on Ekong. He made a mistake with the goal we conceded, but he also made some telling contributions for us defensively. Some really important interceptions. He was not spectacular, but he wasn’t awful either. Going forward, he and his Oyibo wall partner Balogun should have more competition. Awaziem and Akpoguma should be rotated in and given more playing time. Perhaps sitting on the bench for a bit will force Ekong to sit up. Perhaps we also need to consider recalling Semi Ajayi.
    Additionally, the stats from 6 games reveals that the team is somewhat goal shy.
    9 goals in 6 games seems a decent return. But when you take a closer look, 2 were penalties, 1 was a gift, and out of the remaining 6, 3 came from one striker, Osimhen. The other 2 came from Iheanacho in the first game against Liberia in Lagos.
    And 1 was tucked in neatly by Balogun against CV.
    So in 5 consecutive games after the first game, only Osimhen and Balogun got goals from open play!
    Our players are shot shy. They hardly shoot from distance. Awaziem’s long range effort away against Liberia was a collector’s item, as rare as a blue moon, as far as this team is concerned. The quality of crosses into the box has been poor. This has made someone like Onuachu almost redundant.
    As I implied earlier, there is also this heavy dependence on Osimhen for goals and high-press play. I shudder to think what would happen if Osimhen got injured or became unavailable for any reason!
    The whole team needs to step up and help Osimhen with the goalscoring responsibilities. They should be more daring in front of goal. Take shots, deliver good crosses into the box, more forward passes, more purposeful play, show more desire.
    These are the attributes that will help us challenge for the Afcon title in Cameroon. These are the attributes that will get us to the world cup, and help us thrive when we get there against the best of the best.
    What this team needs to add to its game is goals. With more goals, this team becomes quite decent. But the goal return as it stands is scarily inadequate. We will struggle against superior opponents if we continue to play like we’ve been doing.

  • I DEY SHAME 3 years ago



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