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Nigeria vs Chad: Player ratings

14 June 2015, 10:11

Vincent Enyeama: Had very little to do all through the game but, did made a spectacular reactionary save that helped the Super Eagles go into the half time break at 0-0, commanded his defenders well and dealt with the few balls that came his way on a day he made his 101 appearance for Nigeria….7/10

Leon Balogun: Slowly becoming a fan favourite started the game a bit shaky but, did his job defensively and recovered in the second half to his best ability of overlapping and initiating attacks appeared injured though, as he limped all through the last 10 minutes of the game….7/10

Kingsley Madu: The Kaduna boy was by far Nigeria’s best attacking option in the first half from his left back role continued his strong showing with a flawless second half display to make him a contender for the man of the match award on his debut for the Super Eagles….9/10 

William Troost Ekong: The former Dutch youth international had a senior Nigeria national debut to remember, dominant in the air, solid in tackle, neat in possession and won all of his duels, little wonder he broke the over three years central defence partnership of Kenneth Omeruo and Godfrey Obaboana for the SuperEagles….9/10

Kenneth Omeruo: Kept his spot in the team despite an indifferent season with Middlesborough in the English Championship, got booked for a needless foul in the second half the only blot on what was one of his best performance in an Eagles shirt….8/10

Anderson Esiti: The Estoril of Portugal debutant was solid in the middle held onto the ball well under pressure, moved the ball around confidently and was the best of the midfield three of Babatunde Michael and Ogenyi Onazi in the first half, followed that with another strong show in the second half….8/10

Ogenyi Onazi: A mixed performance from the Lazio man, got sent off needlessly for retaliation not at his best but still covered lot of grounds for his team, got booed by the fans on his way off the pitch after the red card and should be grateful his sending off didn’t prove costly for Nigeria….6.5/10

Babetunde Michael: Had a game to forget playing just behind the striker before he was replaced by Rabiu Ibrahim, wasn’t at his best shape physically gave away possession needlessly and failed to justify his starting spot….6/10

Aaron Samuel: Went off injured but was hardly a threat to the defence of the Chadian for the period he was on the pitch needs to do more if he wants to keep his spot in the team….6.5/10

Ahmed Musa: Starved of service in the first half and not until Rabiu Ibrahim was introduced in the second half, he was struggling to assert himself in the game, Didn’t get the space to use his speed against the Chadians, going by his abilities this was far from one of his best display….6/10

Gbolahan Salami: Wasted a good chance to put Nigeria ahead in the first half but, scored the opening goal for Nigeria in the second half with a cracker bar the goal he was wasteful with his crosses from promising position but his bags of tricks that saw him get pass the Chadian defender, made him a threat until his substitution after the red card to Onazi….7.5/10


Odion Ighalo: Changed the complexion of the game totally upon his introduction by setting up Salami for the game’s opening goal and won the penalty he converted to score Nigeria’s second goal of the game, overall the Watford man was a nuisance to the Chadians defence using his strength and clever footwork to unsettle them, a clear winner of the man of the match award….9.5/10 

Rabiu Ibrahim: Better to be late than never being on the fringes since 2007 but, on the strength of his showing in this game he proved he is ready to finally fulfil the promises that lead Nigerians nicknamed him the “New Okocha”, his dribbling got the crowd lifted and was never afraid of making himself available for a pass….7.5/10

John Ogu: Brought in to help stabilize the midfield after Onazi sending off and stuck to his task brilliantly and also with a touch of experience breaking up Chadian play with fouls up the Nigeria pitch….6.5/10



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