The Nigeria B team started off their campaign at the Africa Nations Championship with an emphatic 4-1 win over Niger Republic to go top of their group.
Owngoalnigeria.com takes a look at how the players fare in the encounter which saw five goals in the second half,four to Nigeria and one to Niger Republic.
Ikechukwu Ezenwa: A very calm presence between the stick for Nigeria,claim crosses with ease and can’t do anything to stop that thunderbolt of a strike from Zakari Adebayor for Niger Republic lone goal….8.5/10
Etim Matthew: Solid display from the Enugu Rangers man,came close with a ferocious freekick palmed away by Niger’s goalkepper,went forward with purpose and completely shut out Niger from making any incursion from his flank….8/10
Chima Akas: Neat in tackle but shy going forward,the Enyimba Fc of Aba latest signing who is the captain of the team was severally exposed by the raw pace of the Nigerien forward men but his great sense of positioning always bails him out….7/10
Paul Onobi: The deepest of the Nigeria midfield trio but failed to shield the defence severely exposing his centre backs, however his passing range aided the team pacy forwards as he easily play them into space to run at Niger defenders….6/10
Jamiu Alimi: A game he won’t want to remember anytime soon,got booked in the 12th minute and was substituted four minutes later,didn’t quite come to terms with the pace of the game and might have played his last game at the championship….3/10
Stephen Eze: Towering centre back who won almost everything thrown at him aerially and overall showed his hard tackling side, not one to shy away from a challenge, a great prospect if he maintains his growth….7.5/10
Ikechukwu Ibenegbu: The most experience player on the pitch for Nigeria but got lost in the game, going by his standard he didn’t quite effect the game the way he usually does, little wonder he was substituted in the second half….6/10
Ifeanyi Matthew: One man who didn’t hit a single stray pass and commanded the middle with authority, displayed nice range of passes,easily the best among midfielders of both teams,a star in the making….8.5/10
Osas Okoro: A bustling performance,full of running and energy,got better in the second half after an off colour first half, opened scoring with a clever volley and provided two defence splitting pass for Chisom Chikatara’s first two goals….8/10
Prince Agrrey: The manner in which he goes past opposition defenders with his skills,tricks and dribbles is such a delight to watch but will be a very player if his decision making after going through is improved on….6.5/10
Tunde Adeniji: Provided the assist for Nigeria’s first goal but had an anonymous 60 minutes to forget, partly responsible for 4 of the 7 offsides waved against Nigeria in the first half,going by the display of the man who replaced him might not get a look in anytime soon….5.5/10
Kalu Orji: Brought instant calm to the Nigerian defence,a smart reader of play and very good at cutting out passes plus initiates attacks from the back,came on for Alimi and might get the nod ahead of suspended first choice Austin Oboarakpo in the next game although that’s a tall task….7.5/10
Chisom Chikatara: Man of the match,first goal is a potential contender for goal of the tournament and deservedly went home with the match ball for his hattrick in 30 mins,everything Adeniji the man he replaced wasn’t, skillful,pacy,daring and adept at getting into scoring position but need work on his finishing as he could easily have scored five times if he was prolific enough in front of goal….9/10
Usman Mohammed: A salient substitute who helped bring balance to the Nigeria midfield, dovetailed nicely with Matthew in the middle and initiated three of the attacks that lead to Chikatara’s hattrick,surely a contender to start the next game in place of the man he replaced….6/10