Nigeria and Mali played a drab game with a 0-0 result at the Cape Coast Stadium on Thursday evening.
Allnigeriasoccer.com runs the rule on the Super Eagles players in the Group A match.
Ikechukwu Ezenwa 6/10
A fine goalkeeper, and he proved it once more with superb stops during the game He kept his concentration when needed.
Osas Okoro 5/10
Showed a quality time when asked to provide support from wide positions. His crosses were decent.
Chima Akas 6/10
Did well in parts, some nice play going forward, but was strong when called upon at the back.
Adeleye Olamilekan 7/10
A solid performance from the defender. His timely clearance in the 70th minute was crucial. Showed why Nigeria are known as defensively resolute.
Stephen Eze 6/10
A similar performance alongside Adeleye. They will have to provide something similar against their subsequent opponents if they are to qualify from the Group.
Afeez Aremu 6/10
One or two things he tried didn’t come off, but he was willing to try to make things happen more than most.
Ifeanyi Ifeanyi 4/10
Offered little going forward, but was asked to defend and stop the supply from wide. He was substituted in the second half.
Rabiu Ali 7/10
Some excellent touches was evident by the Kano Pillars skipper. His mobility and creativity got the Super Eagles going in the highly physical game.
Ubong Friday 6.5/10
The goal threat was forced to feed off scraps but nearly scored. He was denied only because of the doggedness of the Malians.
Gabriel Okechukwu 4/10
Started well in the first few minutes, but trailed off. Was subbed in the second half and he was visibly disappointed.
Kingsley Eduwo 5/10
All too often tried to make things happen out wide instead of staying central. Powerful runner and willing, but lacked quality, much like the rest of his team.
Peter Eneji 6/10
Tried to make things happen for Nigeria. Should be in from the start against Guinea.
Destiny Ashadi 6/10
Decent display when he came on. Settled in well.
Anthony Okpotu 4/10
Replaced Eduwo but was also unable to influence proceedings in a tough role.