The Super Eagles posted an impressive performance in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying matchday one tie against the Lone Star of Liberia at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Friday.
Completesports.com provides an overview of each player’s performance in the 2-0 win.
MADUKA OKOYE 7/10
The Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper was virtually on holiday for the majority of the game. Okoye organised his defence with dexterity and distributed the ball well.
OLA AINA 7/10
A confident display from the versatile defender. He was never troubled and also supported the attack as well.
WILLIAM TROOST-EKONG 7/10
Organised the defence well and easily cut out the threats of the Liberian strikers. The centre-back got a befitting birthday present from his teammates.
LEON BALOGUN 7/10
Gave the ball away cheapily in the first half, otherwise it was a commanding performance from the Rangers defender.
JAMILU COLLINS 7/10
Shrugged off injury to earn a starting berth.The left-back put up an impressive performance in the game.
WILFRED NDIDI 7/10
Not one of his best performance for the Super Eagles but still did his job of shielding the defence well.
JOE ARIBO 7/10
A livery performance from the midfielder. Had the chance to put the Super Eagles ahead early in the first half but failed to convert.
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ALEX IWOBI 8/10
The Everton man bagged two assists in what was a very lively performance.
MOSES SIMON 6/10
The winger didn’t too much in the game. He was replaced by Samuel Kalu in the 77th minute.
KELECHI IHEANACHO 9/10
Bagged a brace for the Super Eagles in the game and could have scored one or two more. He was Nigeria’s top performer against the Liberians.
VICTOR OSIMHEN 6/10
ToIled hard to impress but it was not his day. Struggled to get going and was duly replaced by Paul Onuachu in the 77th minute.
PAUL ONUACHU 4/10
Took the place of Victor Osimhen and never really threatened the opposition defence.
SAMUEL KALU 4/10
Came in for Moses Simon in the 77th minute. Didn’t too much following his introduction.
AHMED MUSA 3/10
Not enough time to prove his class following his introduction in the 83rd minute.
SHEHU ABDULLAHI 3/10
Help maintained Nigeria’s lead after replacing Alex Iwobi late on.
I disagree with Mosses Simon rating in fact he was one of the better performer for eagles today. He is constantly contributed to Nigeria attack and also track back to defend though need to do better with his crosses. In fact he justify why he is always on Rohr starting team. In all thumb up to all the players and technical team nice game on a poor pitch.
Please tell them, you gave it to an iwobi that was boring too watch
Very poor pitch..I was watching the Cameroun vs Malawi game and I can’t but just cry for my country. Since 2015, we have been in deep mess. No development, just cow talk. Our education, healthcare, currency, sports especially our darling football is hitting the rocks. I wonder what we could do to turn this shit around..We are in deep shit, God show us mercy!
Back to the game and player ratings. Fair enough ratings but I feel Moses Simon deserves a better rating..unto the next one on Tuesday.
@xhuxhu u just said my mind concerning the pitch. It’s so shameful. How did we get here ?
I wasn’t impressed with Alex Iwobi . He’s supposed to really be the creative midfielder in the team. Oshimen had a bad day because the midfielders didn’t do their work and ihenancho was also selfish . Of course he scored the two goals but there was a time he had the chance to pass to oshimen but instead he chose to shoot the ball all because he wants to score an Hattrick
The players that impressed me ate Ola Aina, Leon Balogun, Moses Simon , Wilfred Ndidi
I also wasn’t impressed with Rohr’s way of substitution.
See them, always changing their user names. Just to conceal their true identities. The next name u go see na “atiku abubakar” commenting here. U no see the horrible pitch the played on na to get mouth criticize players who tried their best to put smiles on our faces na him u sabi. Miserable idiots. If you don’t like it then go drink sniper. Ewu Gambia.
No because he no break his leg on that horrible pitch. Person assisted 2 beautiful goals and gave several others all waisted by your Oshimen, today wasn’t his day but to complain of him not seen passes is a fat lie and bad belle i doubt u watch d match. Which late substitute are u talking about isn’t the tragedy of horrible pitch cap it all ?
Kelechi is the seniorman.
Iheanacho did good today, but guys are we going to continue like this, look at the pitch cmon, who put a curse on Nigeria?
IT JUST ANNOYING THAT ALL THESE NOISES OF BAD PITCH IS FALLING INTO DEAF EARS. WHICH KIND COUNTRY BE THIS SEF. NFF MUST RENOVATE THE PITCH BEFORE NEXT HOME MATCH AND PAY UP ALL THE IGBESE THEY ARE OWING
That pitch was horrible. Why wasn’t the match played in a stadium with a better pitch?
Must we keep plumbing new lows?
Wasn’t the pitch inspected before that venue was chosen to prosecute the match?
Is it implicative that, that pitch is the best Nigeria could offer?
What the heck is wrong with us in this country?
When are we going to start doing the simple things right?
If the Eagles hadn’t won that match, the pitch would have been blamed for it and rightly so.
Given the poor state of the pitch, the Eagles gave a good performance and let’s cut them some slack.
I noticed our Eagles tried playing quintessential tiki taka,champagne football emblematised by sexy passes, but the horrible nature of the pitch hobbled them.
We hope against Cape Verde on Tuesday will be better.
What I learnt from the game
1. Such a terrible ancient pitch. A disgrace to modern football. No wonder Rohr insisted on Uyo. Lagos state of all States can’t provide a standard international stadium? Nigeria cannot attempt to bid to host any world cup tournament in incoming years and it’s so terrible. No digital board too? FIFA really needs to sanction the NFF. Is that how poor we are?
2. To the match itself. I personally cannot put 100% blame on the pitch. Thank God because we got the 3 points. Iheanacho delivers, applaudise.
Iheanacho is not a good no 10. It is all over him. I’ll describe him as rather an ‘incomplete’ striker. He’s very good, very very good at finishing but he’s not that 10 we’re looking for. I didn’t see enough connections between the midfield and the striker. As good as he is, he cannot be our 10. He’s not a good passer of the ball. Who gave him set piece responsibilities? I think he’s better used as a second striker and not an attacking midfielder. There was a time he was supposed to give Iwobi a through pass but he added one more dribble which caused Iwobi to run to an offside position. A good amf would have released the pass in time. I think it’s Kels that should be given these cameo appearances we’re giving Onuachu. Not an Onuachu fan though , I just believe Kels can show up better in those dying moments like he did against Cameroon years ago when we won 4-0.
Most of the time when Kels receives the ball, he stands for a few secs and then passes backwards. He gets dispossessed mostly when he attempts to take on players. He’s not got that dribbling stuff. If only Eberechi would join us…
But seeing yesterday’s match, which player born abroad will desire to join us? These are basic things that we can use to lure these guys. But no, Nigeria will not provide them and still bant these players it is well.
I think our best shot at amf at the moment is Iwobi. Iwobi I think is much better in that free role position. Even if it’s Musa we’ll use on the wing. Next I believe is Etebo. As far as I’m concerned, using Aribo as 8 and Kels as 10 is a bad combo. Aribo thrives more in a 3 man midfield when he has the privilege of staying upfront. He was just on the wings severally yesterday. If we want to keep using Kels as 10, I think Etebo is our best shot at 8. Who says we can’t use Etebo as 10 too? Maybe due to shortage in midfield. Rohr used to swap 10 and 8 between Mikel and Etebo. I saw that in the world cup.
We also need to improve on our set pieces. What’s the plan? Don’t they practice corners in training? I think the best set piece taker we have right now is Etebo. We need to work on that. If only Eberechi Eze was here. Hmmm
I don’t know if it’s the state of that pitch but, I also saw us going long. Really long. Those Long balls didn’t work for us at all.
Maybe its the state of the pitch that made them play that way. I really believe in short passes.
Thank God we had the 3 points. I hops for a better performance vs cape Verde.