All super eagles players rated – Post England-Nigerian match

FRANCIS UZOHO

Well, he claims to be nineteen #football-age, but that does matter – he delivered in Wembly stadium. Save after save proved without a doubt who owns the Nigeria number one jersey. Without him the first half score line could have been very ugly.

Uzoho made at least seven outstanding saves in the first 45, though he will be upset that he didn’t get more behind Harry Kane’s shot for the second goal. His handling of crosses was impressive, as was the way he organized his defense. His only shortcoming is his distribution; almost everything he sent out went to the opposition.

SHEHU ABDULLAHI

Usually one of the more reliable players in the back-four, Abdullahi didn’t have the best of games. Ashley Young got behind him within the opening three minutes, and that was the way it carried on for the remaining 42 as well.

He was sent off to the bench after the first half. To much motion no action

BRYAN IDOWU

Even in that horror first half, Idowu made only one significant error, allowing Kieron Trippier to get past him for a cross. Outside of that, his reading of the play and two excellent tackles — including one to stop a close-range goalbound effort — has marked him as the left-back of choice. As if that wasn’t already obvious…

He is based in Russia by the way. He also a complete ‘’Ajebutter”

WILLIAM TROOST-EKONG 

He is half German, so that explains the oyibo looks.  Troost-Ekong was at fault for losing Gary Cahill for the first goal, but spent the rest of the game making amends, including combining with Idowu to make one decisive tackle and shield Uzoho when the goalkeeper coughed up a shot into traffic. He also showed great pace keep up with Danny Welbeck when the forward beat John Ogu.

LEON BALOGUN 

Also half German, Sunday Oliseh allegedly once told them they were too soft to play African players ( Racist)!

On the friendlies with England, He collided early on with Joel Obi, and never quite looked the same after. He rescued Idowu on the one occasion when the left-back made a mistake. Along with Troost –ekong they are called the Oyibo wall; but feelers think they aint that solid

OGENYI ONAZI

One of the survivors from 2012 world cup, someone said he has been 25 since 2012.

He played an absolute nightmare of a game… He tackled badly, his passes went astray more often than not, and he gave away the ball for the second goal. Not a game he will want to see again.

JOEL OBI

Obi was another who had a horror outing. He is a much better player than this, and perhaps in trying too hard to impress, he made things worse. He clashed heads with Balogun when he didn’t even need to be there, and then clattered into Idowu in a similar situation.

He is also another extra baggage from 2012 world cup.

JOHN MIKEL OBI

The captain looked a bit shaky in the first half, but he improved considerably in the second half after the tactical tweak and took control of the midfield, glided past four England players at one point.

He just told international media that England has a good chance of winning the world cup – maybe he did not exactly mean it that way (dude, stop talking to the press). He has a clear grip of understanding


ALEX IWOBI
No doubt he is the Man of the match with 1 goal, 49 passes and 88% accuracy.  Iwobi emerged in the second half and showed just how important he is to the side. He got into a great position to turn in Ighalo’s rebound.

Alex Iwobi plays as forward for Arsenal. He is related to former Nigerian star player Jay jay Okocha who has referred to as his hero.

VICTOR MOSES
The Chelsea man  Looked dangerous when he took on players, turning Trippier and Harry Kane on separate occasions.
The Harry Kane tackle has been shared multiple types on social media and is trending even in international news media outlets.


ODION IGHALO

Ighalo showed great strength, and excellent hold-up play and movement. He lacked supply in the first half, but still found space to turn his man and get Nigeria’s first shot o0n target. His second shot came off the post for Iwobi to finish.

Substitues

TYRONNE EBUEHI

What an excellent game! He kept pace with Sterling when he needed to, showed strength to dispossess the England man on another occasion, and great attacking instincts in a combination play with Ighalo to isolate Young. Nigeria’s Man of the Match.

JOHN OGU

Came on as third centre-back and immediately shut down England on the left side. Made at least three decisive interceptions to break up dangerous attacks, and had the presence of mind to play simple balls out. Beaten for pace on one occasion by Welbeck, but Ekong was there to rescue him.

KENNETH OMERUO

Came on at half-time along with Ogu to join Ekong in a three-man backline, and was excellent in plugging the holes previously exploited by the Three Lions. He dispossessed Raheem Sterling so cleanly on one occasion that the England forward didn’t even know he had lost the ball.

OGHENEKARO ETEBO

An outstanding outing from the Feirense man after replacing Onazi in a holding midfield role. Not only did he win tackle after tackle, but his passing and movement also allowed Mikel to take control of the midfield.

AHMED MUSA

Musa looked like a man on a mission when he came on, with his pace troublling Kyle Walker no end. He could have scored with his first touch, but for his cutback being just too heavy.

KELECHI IHEANACHO

Came on for Ighalo with 15 minutes left and proved a different proposition for the defence.

 

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