Nigeria 4-4 Sierra Leone: Super Eagles Player Ratings

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  1. Maduka Okoye
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    Maduka Okoye (5/5/10)

    Would be disappointed to have conceded four on his competitive debut for Nigeria.

    Could do little about all four of Sierra Leone's goals although observers would reckon a more commanding goalkeeper may have bailed the team out for the visitors' second.

  2. Lebo Mothiba, Leon Balogun - South Africa vs. Nigeria
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    Leon Balogun (5.5/10)

    The Rangers centre-back was seldom required till his withdrawal around the hour mark.

    Was drawn out of position for the Leone Stars’ first goal and the collapse in the second-half came after his departure.

  3. William Troost-Ekong - Nigeria

    William Troost-Ekong (5.5/10)

    Won most of his duels against the West African visitors and was progressive in his passing for majority of the game.

    Surprisingly caught out for the visitors’ second and wouldn’t be pleased to have been stand-in captain for the capitulation that ensued.

  4. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim: Kevin Akpoguma

    Kevin Akpoguma (5.5/10)

    Still yet to convince on he’s a solution at right-back and his continued selection ahead of Ola Aina continues to baffle.

  5. Zaidu Sanusi of Nigeria
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    Zaidu Sanusi (6/10)

    Was a threat going forward, assisted Victor Osimhen’s goal and should have had his second of the day had the Napoli frontman been more efficient to divert a cross later in the first-half into the net.

    Pulled out meekly of a challenge in the build-up to Sierra Leone’s late leveller.

  6. Ogenekaro Etebo - Nigeria
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    Oghenekaro Etebo (6.5/10)

    The on-loan Galatasaray midfielder was progressive in his passing and important to the Super Eagles’ pressing.

    Doubts remain about his adeptness at shielding the defence.

  7. Nigeria's Joe Aribo vs Lesotho
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    Joe Aribo (5/10)

    His languid style often left Etebo exposed in the defensive phase. Not as influential in a midfield pairing with the Stoke City loanee.

  8. Alex Iwobi - Nigeria vs Seychelles

    Alex Iwobi (7/10)

    Was magnificent in scoring a first-half brace with the second particularly remarkable. Lost his way after half-time.

  9. Burundi's midfielder Gael Bigirimana (R) marks Nigeria's forward Samuel Chukwueze during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations
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    Samuel Chukwueze (7/10)

    The Villarreal winger was brilliant in the opening 45 minutes as the Leone Stars couldn’t get close to him.

    He did fade after half-time and was guilty of losing possession for the first of the away side’s four goals.

  10. Nigeria v. Argentina - Ahmed Musa

    Ahmed Musa (5/10)

    Captain on the day but wasn’t at his best and his touch was heavy at times, leading to moves breaking down.

    Was deservedly replaced early in the second-half.

  11. Victor Osimhen - Nigeria U23 vs. Libya U23

    Victor Osimhen (6.5/10)

    Netted on his return to the Nigeria fold and could have scored another but missed a glorious header from close range.

    Was hugely significant to the home side’s pressing and his second-half injury didn’t look good.

  12. Kelechi Iheanacho Nigeria 2018

    Kelechi Iheanacho (6/10)

    Did slightly better than Musa and was quite unlucky to not score the winner with a pair of late free-kicks — the first was saved by Mohamed Kamara while the second went just high and wide.

  13. John Ogu, Semi Ajayi - Nigeria vs. Uganda
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    Semi Ajayi (5.5/10)

    The West Bromwich Albion centre-back was part of the backline that conceded three goals in the final 20 minutes as Nigeria collapsed late on.

  14. Chidera Ejuke CSKA Moscow
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    Chidera Ejuke (N/A)

    Barely got a kick after replacing Chukwueze with 12 minutes remaining.

  15. Paul Onuachu

    Paul Onuachu (N/A)

    Was largely uninvolved after coming on for the injured Osimhen. Could have been quicker to a cross from the right side for a late winner.