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Rating of Flying Eagles after 4-0 victory over Korea DPC

04 June 2015, 12:15

New Plymouth - The Flying Eagles on Thursday beat Korea 4-0 to revive their hope of advancing to the next round of the FIFA U20 World Cup going on in New Zealand.

New Plymouth - Joshua Enaholo: Had little to do as the Koreans barely troubled him but stood up well to the few balls he had to deal with, above all the clean sheet will help boost his confidence after his two howler that gifted Brazil two goals in Nigeria 2-4 loss to Brazil….6/10

Musa Mohammed: Supplied a well hit cross that was met with a powerful header from Saviour Godwin for Nigeria’s first goal, threatened with just one from the numerous free kicks he took ,still not at his best but defensively he has improved a lot but, he has the capacity to do more….6.5/10

Mustapha Abdullahi: Got forward well from his left back role and struck a good understanding with Saviour Godwin on the left, however his final ball still needs work and his touch just as it was in the first game was heavy a better showing than the last game against Brazil….5.5/10

Wilfred Ndidi: Commanded the defense with authority a much better understanding with Zahradeen Bello than in the first game, although he should have done better from set piece situations in the opponents half due to his heading abilities….6.5/10

Also read: ‘Nigerians should be patient with Flying Eagles’

Zahradeen Bello: Recovered from his poor showing against Brazil to post a faultless performance until he got book for a needless foul close to the centre otherwise his partnership with Ndidi was top class today, marked his man out of the game on the rare occasion that Korea attacked and moved the ball to the midfielders on time with neat passes from the back....7/10

Akinjide Idowu: Provided what was missing in the loss to Brazil, moved the ball with speed to the creative men and covered up nicely for the centre backs, a tireless runner all through the game and played a big part in breaking up opposition play that helped Nigeria picked up a clean sheet….7/10

Ifeanyi Ifeanyi: Played in his preferred role in front of the defensive midfielder and put in a better shift than when he played as the team destructive midfielder in the first game against Brazil, also distributed the ball better than he did in the first game as was a pivot for Kingsley Sokari to thrive….7/10

Kinglsley Sokari: Scored a belter that saved his blushes after a very poor first half display and got better and became more assertive after his goal but his ball distribution need work as he was guilty of gifting the opponents the ball in situations where he could have done better with his pass….7.5/10

Bernard Bulbwa: Wasteful in the first half but all through the game was solid defensively puts in a shift for the team something that they missed in his absence although he was substituted he obviously played a big part in closing down the Koreans when they have possession….6.5/10

Saviour Godwin: Stole the show with a brace and the man who gatecrashed Nigeria squad to the tournament deservedly got a standing ovation when he was substituted was Nigeria’s liveliest player in the first half and his second half brace help sealed a very impressive display for the Plateau United kid….8/10

Taiwo Awoniyi: Lone man upfront in a three man attack capped up his display with two assists with unselfish play, proved why he is so much the coach preferred option in attack with his clever runs behind defender and his hold up play certainly a better showing than in the first game….7.5/10


Musa Yahaya: Almost scored with his second touch of the game but a good save from the Korea shot stopper prevented him from scoring his second goal in as many games didn’t do that much like he did in the first game but overall was a threat anytime he gets on the ball….5/10

Isaac Success: Surprisingly left out of the starting lineup came on and scored his second goal of the tournaments and Nigeria’s fourth of the game linked up well with Awoniyi for his goal and on the strength of his showing he is knocking on the door to be handed a recall….6.5/10

-Soccer Laduma

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