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Ratings of the Flying Eagles players

01 June 2015, 12:08Soccer Laduma

We take a look at the players and how they fared in a game they recovered from a goal down to take the lead but end up losing 2-4.


Joshua Enaholo: (GK): Largely at fault for the two second half goals scored by Brazil, while the third goal he conceded appears deflected, the fourth goal leaves him with no excuse....3/10

Musa Mohammed: Captain and leader of the team had a game to forget, poor in taking set pieces, gave away needless fouls and his natural instinct of going forward was largely curbed, even when he did, he was wasteful with the final ball....4/10

Mustapha Abdullahi: Known for his constant forays upfront but in this game that was his undoing, poor in marking, unassured going forward and by far had his worst game in a Nigeria shirt, a huge let down going by his potential....3/10

Wilfred Ndidi: Expected to bring stability to the problematic backline of the Nigeria team, the Genk defender put in a gritty shift but showed zero understanding with his pair in defense Zarahdeen Bello, commanding performance but could have done more....4/10

Zahradeen Bello: Alongside Ndidi in central defense the pair were culpable for the first two goals Nigeria conceded, Bello particularly left Mustapha Abdullahi over exposed, lost all of the one on one duels a below par showing from the man revered as team best defender at the AYC....2.5/10

Ifeanyi: Failed in his primary role which is shielding the defense line, poor in his passing and fouled his opponents when possession was there to be won, largely the sore point of this team very static and played far from the team other midfielders....3/10

Ifeanyi Matthew: A far cry from his usual domineering best in the middle, bar a pass to Taiwo Awoniyi in the second half he was appalling, always in a rush to thread passes which was easily cut out by the Brazilians and his movement of the ball was poor to say the least....3.5/10

Kelechi Iheanacho: Only had two moments of note in the entire 75 minutes he was on the pitch, a shot that came off the bar and laying on the assist for Musa Yahaya, other than that the Manchester City teen was poor, a liability defensively and rightly subbed off....3/10

Musa Yahaya: Nigeria brightest attacker on display, set up Isaac Success with a rabona piece of skill and finished off a swifting counter attack by scoring Nigeria second goal, missed a header to draw Nigeria level, surprisingly hooked for Stephen Saviour as Nigeria chased the game....5/10

Taiwo Awoniyi: By his standard he was a disappointment rounded up the goalkeeper in the first half but failed to hit the target wasted two other chances to score in a game, where he was the poorest among the attackers on display for Nigeria, still a surprise he lasted the entire duration of the game....3/10

Isaac Success: Best attacker on display for Nigeria scored a vital goal to draw Nigeria level and started the counter that resulted in Nigeria second goal of the game, need to be selfish at times as his desire to always set up his teammates saw him miss a chance he should have taken by himself, went missing in the second half largely due to lack of service....5.5/10


Saviour Godwin: Lively after coming on and created two goal scoring chances wasted by the forward men, direct running saw him win corner kicks for Nigeria and got fouled, on the strength of his showing should have being introduced earlier.....3/10

Kingsley Sokari: Came in when Nigeria needed to score and not one known for his goal scoring abilities, failed to justify his inclusion as he was off colour like the Kelechi Iheanacho he replaced....2/10.

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