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Super Eagles Player Ratings : High Marks For GK Ezenwa, Rabiu Ali & Osas

Allnigeriasoccer.com rates the performance of players of the Super Eagles at the Cape Coast Stadium as Nigeria reached the 2017 WAFU Cup group stage after a crucial 2-0 win over Sierra Leone on Monday night.
Enugu Rangers wing back Osas Okoro opened the scoring for the Eagles from a free kick on 84 minutes.

Peter Moses Eneji, who plays for Plateau United in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) sealed the win for Yusuf Salisu’s men in the entertaining duel.

Starting XI:

Ikechukwu Ezenwa 8/10

The FC Ifeanyi Ubah goalkeeper pulled series of saves to deny the rampaging Sierra Leone attackers and kept the pressure off the defense.

Osas Okoro 8/10

Awesome display from the Rangers man. He was solid defensively and eye-catching going forward. He was the man that came to the party with a sweet free kick that went beyond the keeper.

Chima Akas 7/10

The Enyimba left back ventured forward at will. He almost scored from one of his forays upfront.

Stephen Eze 7/10

Had a mixed season with FC Ifeanyi Ubah but was a tower of defense at the back in the game. Great display from the strong man.

Emmanuel Ariwachukwu 7/10

Scored high marks on the night. The Sierra Leone strikeforce was no match for the defensive abilities of the Akwa United enforcer.

Afeez Aremu 5/10

An average show on the part of the former Sharks midfielder. He made up for his lack of ball distribution with his hardworking style.

Ifeanyi Ifeanyi 6/10

Good performance from Ifeanyi Ifeanyi. He dropped deep to work hard, linked well and flourished in his midfield role.

Rabiu Ali 8/10

Bossed the midfield and distributed passes. The Kano Pillars playmaker was a delight to watch and bossed his territory.

Samuel Mathias 4/10

The flop of the match. It was a surprise that Mathias hardly got things going. He was hauled off in the second stanza.

Kingsley Eduwo 6/10

Crawled from a periphery first-half performance to brighten up Nigeria’s attack in the second-half.

Eduwo got involved at the final third and was often getting his team mates in key positions.

Anthony Okpotu 4.5/10

The NPFL top scorer was a pedestrian at the battle field. He didn’t really get into scoring positions and was often isolated.

Substitutes:

Gabriel Okechukwu 7/10

The winger lived up to expectation with his workaholic display but was just denied of his opportunity to shoot from range. Good display.

Ubong Friday 7/10

The winger dazzled on the flanks and caused problems for the Sierra Leone lateral defence with his nimble foot, pace and skills.

Peter Moses Eneji 7.5/10

Eneji repaid the faith shown in him by Eagles coach Salisu with an insurance goal that was worth a carat of diamond.

He was at the right place to punish the Sierra Leonians.

 

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