Lagos- Nigeria's hat-trick hero against Tahiti, Nnamdi Oduamadi, is rated the best performer after the opening round of matches in the ongoing Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) Confederations Cup in Brazil.
Oduamadi is leading FIFA's Castrol Index, which rates performances of players in the tournament, with a rating of 9.55 points out of a possible ten.
Italy striker Mario Balotelli is second with 9.38 points.
Oduamadi's teammate, defender, Uwa Echiejile is third on the Index behind Balotelli.
FIFA said the Nigerian player was impressive in front of goal while his positioning was astute.
“The hat-trick scored by Oduamadi in Belo Horizonte has made him the Index’s early frontrunner. What was impressive about Oduamadi’s contribution was his finishing accuracy," FIFA stated.
While Nigeria’s six goals came from 17 shots, the 22-year-old, who spent last season in Italy’s Serie B with Varese, scored with three from four.
He had just three goal attempts inside the struggling Pacific Islanders’
penalty box but was at the right place to put the ball in the net on each occasion.
Following his performance against Tahiti on Tuesday, Oduamadi will be the African champions' trumpcard in the remaining Group matches against Spain and Uruguay.
- CAJ News