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Nigeria Player Ratings: Iheanacho flourishes against Egypt in Afcon opener

8:04 PM WAT 11/01/2022
Kelechi Iheanacho Nigeria Egypt AFCON 2021
GOAL assess every Super Eagle that played in the win over the North Africans in Garoua
  • Maduka Okoye - Nigeria, Super Eagles

    Maduka Okoye (6.5/10)

    After an idle first half, Okoye stuck out a boot to deny Mohamed Salah a potential equaliser with 20 minutes to play with a match-winning save.

  • William Troost-Ekong

    William Troost-Ekong (5.5/10)

    The centre-back was protected and rarely exposed but a failure to push up for Egypt’s biggest chance of the game could have cost the West Africans.

  • Kenneth Omeruo of Nigeria during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group D match between Nigeria and Iceland

    Kenneth Omeruo (7/10)

    While he was caught ball watching for Salah’s big chance, the centre-back broadly flourished on his return to the Super Eagles XI, winning the majority of his tussles until being stretchered off with 10 minutes to play.

  • Ola Aina - Nigeria vs. Libya

    Ola Aina (7.5/10)

    The Torino wide defender won nine duels and ranked higher than anyone on the pitch for volume of tackles.

    Was unlucky his lung-busting run after half-time did not result in a second goal for the winning side.

  • Zaidu Sanusi, Victor Osimhen, Henry Onyekuru - Nigeria/ Super Eagles

    Zaidu Sanusi (6/10)

    Sanusi could have done better on the few occasions he found himself in promising positions in the attacking third.

  • Wilfred Ndidi Nigeria

    Wilfred Ndidi (7/10)

    Blocked passing lanes and nipped in to regain possession in the middle of the park from time to time.

  • Joe Aribo, CAR

    Joe Aribo (7/10)

    Played alongside Ndidi without the ball but took up menacing positions when the Nigerians had good possession.

    Set up Kelechi Iheanacho’s winner and could have had two assists had Moses Simon scored early on.

  • Dean Furman, South Africa & Samuel Chukwueze, Nigeria, July 2019

    Samuel Chukwueze (6/10)

    Augustine Eguavoen’s approach meant the Villarreal wide attacker played second-fiddle to Simon.

  • Moses Simon

    Moses Simon (7/10)

    While Simon’s final ball remains erratic, he was a beneficiary of Eguavoen’s trust in Garoua.

    The Nantes attacker was menacing for the entirety of the game with his direct running and aggressive ball carrying and it was no surprise the game’s only goal originated from the much-maligned winger.

  • Kelechi Iheanacho Nigeria 2018

    Kelechi Iheanacho (7/10)

    His touch was heavy following that ambitious Aina run and he had another flash wide moments later, but a brilliant strike from the Leicester City frontman was typical of the marksman. Combined well with Awoniyi especially in the first half.

  • Taiwo Awoniyi of Union Berlin and Nigeria.

    Taiwo Awoniyi (6.5/10)

    The Union Berlin forward may have been denied by Mohammed El Shenawy from a tight angle, but he led the line effectively nonetheless, showing promise for a potent partnership with Iheanacho.

  • Wilfred Ndidi, Chidera Ejuke, Nigeria

    Chidera Ejuke (6/10)

    Ejuke’s threat is undeniable and he could have added to the West Africans’ advantage after replacing Chukwueze with 18 minutes to play.

  • Sadiq Torino

    Umar Sadiq (5.5/10)

    The Almeria man’s debut was not as eventful as he may have liked, although he did show an inclination to combine with teammates in tight areas.

  • John Ogu, Semi Ajayi - Nigeria vs. Uganda

    Semi Ajayi (N/A)

    Replaced Omeruo with 10 minutes to play.

  • Kelechi Nwakali

    Kelechi Nwakali (N/A)

    Came on for Iheanacho in the closing stages of the match.

  • Alex Iwobi of Nigeria, Liberia's Sampson Dweh

    Alex Iwobi (N/A)

    The Everton man was introduced for Simon in second-half stoppage time.