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Super Eagles Report Cards Vs Mali: Ali, Adeleye, Friday Impress


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.


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