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STRAIGHT A’s: How Super Eagles Rated Vs Indomitable Lions

STRAIGHT A’s: How Super Eagles Rated Vs Indomitable Lions

By Johnny Edward (photo by Ganiyu Yusuf):
Here’s how the Super Eagles Rated in their magnificent 4-0 victory over Cameroon in Uyo…

Ikechukwu Ezenwa: 7/10. The FC IfeanyiUbah shot-stopper did not only keep a clean sheet on his competitive debut for the main Super Eagles, the 29-year-old made superb saves to strengthen his chances of becoming the first choice of the Super Eagles.

Elderson Echiejile: 7/10: The Sivasspor defender did a decent job shutting out the highly-rated Benjamin Mounkandjo. Though he was troubled a bit at the start, Echiejile was also crucial to the Super Eagles keeping a seventh clean sheet in 13 games under coach Gernot Rohr.

Shehu Abdullahi: 6/10: He was one of the several players who started the encounter slowly but gained confidence as the game wore on. Abdullahi carried out his defensive duties and also joined up Moses Simon keeping the Cameroon left-back worked up throughout the encounter.

William Troost-Ekong: 7/10:  Ekong was impressive once again for the Super Eagles particularly playing alongside Leon Balogun with who  he has struck a perfect chemistry in the heart of the defence of the team.

Leon Balogun: 8/10:  The Mainz defender posted a near flawless performance for the Super Eagles on his return. Balogun displayed a solid showing, ensuring the overhyped FC Porto striker, Vincent Aboubacar, had no chance on goal throughout the game.

Mikel Obi, 9/ 10: Mikel was a class act on the day. His return to Super Eagles brought the much needed stability and calmness to the team’s insipid midfield from the last game. The Tianjin TEDA captain provided an assist and scored a goal to help his team to a third straight win in the 2018 World Cup qualifying round.

Ogenyi Onazi, 7/10: Anchored the Super Eagles midfield effectively and was everywhere nullifying threats from the Cameroonian trio of Christian Bassogog, Jules Siani and Benjamin Mounkandjo. He also provided an assist for the fourth goal.

Wilfred Ndidi 7/10: Ndidi was culpable for several misplaced passes in the early stages of the game but the Leicester City midfielder grew into the game, forming a good understanding with Ogenyi Onazi who showed glimpses of his old ‘pitbull’ self.

Victor Moses 9/10: The Chelsea star troubled the defence line of the Cameroonians with his dead balls and was more effective defensively for the Eagles who started the game on the back foot. But gradually, Moses found his rhythm, provided an assist for the Eagles second goal and finished off a brilliant counter-attack started by him for the team’s third goal.

Moses Simon 7/10:  Simon was also a standout performer for the Super Eagles. He provided an assist for Victor Moses’ goal. The Gent star was a great threat in one-on-one situations and also he combined will with right-back Shehu Abdullahi who was also impressive.

Odion Ighalo 8/10: The Chanchung Yatai striker justified his inclusion in the squad, scoring the opener for the Super Eagles in the 28th minute. The 28-year-old was very direct in his runs which gave the Indomitable defence and particularly defender Michael Ngadui a lot to worry. He was replaced by Kelechi Iheanacho in the 60th minute.


Kelechi Iheanacho 7/10: Kelechi Iheanacho redeemed himself after his lethargic performance against South Africa coming off the substitute’s bench to score Nigeria’s fourth goal six minutes after replacing Odion Ighalo.

Mikel Agu: 7/10: Mikel made his senior national team debut replacing Mikel Obi in the 70th minute and did a great job helping the Super Eagles see out the resounding victory over the Cameroonians.

Ahmed Musa  6/10: Leicester City forward Ahmed Musa came on for the Victor Moses with ten minutes left to play and did not do much to be rated.

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  • Oloyede Thomas 4 years ago

    Nigeria foot Ball home is getting there gradually. One of the good assessments of the encountered: we made all resourceful players to count. The Old players with age used their experiences to sore Eagle, why the Youth Eagles created the running pace. It is a good combination truly.

  • Nigeria will rise again

  • Ezenwa is good…… keep it up

  • Ezenwa; I like that guy confident, sharp, and quick. I saw Enyeama in him and he is far better than that.. half pass eye.. called Akpeyi. I think he is our goalkeeping solution for now. with hope that Alampasu becomes great. Ezenwa all the way.

  • Ayodele Oloyede 4 years ago

    A very unbiased rating, though I will score Ezenwa 7 instead of 6. Little doubt that Eagles REALLY WANTED this win MORE THAN the Lions as members of the team really lived up to expectation. Congrats and do keep it up.

  • Alex Adekanye 4 years ago

    Great game by the Super Eagles, I particularly love the way Ezenwa, Balogun, Mikel,the two Moses and Ighalo played,not forgetting Onazi and Ndidi who out foxed and out boxed the Lions in the midfield,lastly I believed Echiejele in the left back played one of his best game in the shirt of the national team after a long while.

  • mbasala 4 years ago

    they show it today again congratulation eagle is always stronger than lion we just spell lion (4)

  • I will rate Leon Balogun 10/10 and Troost Ekong 9/10 because both made the defence strong. I will advise Rohr to give Ebuehi chance to showcase his skills in Cameroon.

  • Let d pics do d talking… #dey r Neva gonna stop talking about us

  • Olympic 4 years ago

    United will stand, divided will fall.
    The only unity in Nigeria today is football! Plssssssss enough of this abuse

  • micheal 4 years ago

    great performance by the super eagles.

  • Aleks 4 years ago

    This particular win has defined the current super eagles team. This squad is marked for greatness. Very soon, the US 94 squad will happily step into second best super eagles squad.

  • The match was played by Nigerians in Nigeria so pls I advice that we should stop this discrimination and support our lads GOD bless the FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.

  • Adegbolagbe Oluwole 4 years ago

    I disagree with your stats. Leon Balogun is my man of the match. It is not a function of the assists or goal scored, but a function of their general performance. Echiejile did not merit more rating than Shehu.

  • We are one Nigeria. Football unites us all.

  • umar paki 4 years ago

    Abdullahi ShehU and Ahmed Musa rated 6/10…why?

  • Bassey 4 years ago

    Leon Balogun is my man of the match.Big European teams will soon come for him. Great super eagles!

  • Great game, it was a pulsating match and the Eagles showed their class. I hope the useless NFF and their chairman the Ibori boy from Sapele won’t spoil this show for us by their usual no fund talk. Make sure the players are paid their bonuses and refund for their flight tickets fully made. All we need now is three more points and these guys could get that in Cameroon on Monday. Then we sure have a date with South Africa, they must be beaten at their backyard. It is a must.

    • Abdulrazak 4 years ago

      Get your facts straight before posting comments. This NFF has been hands on, comparable to when Amos Adamu was sole Admin of the then NFF. It’s all hands to the pump as the Super Eagles soar towards the finish line.

    • Charles Oluseyi 4 years ago

      These are Eagles of hope.