The Super Eagles of Nigeria were held to a 1-1 draw by their Tunisian counterparts at the ongoing Africa Nations Championship,a result that leaves them with 4 points.
Owngoalnigeria.com takes a look at the players on parade for Nigeria and how they fare on a scale of 1-10.
Ikechukwu Ezenwa: The Sunshine Stars goalkepper proved his mettle once again in goal for Nigeria with saves that kept Nigeria going and was not at fault for Tunisia’s equaliser but needs to communicate more with his defenders…. 7/10
Etim Matthew: Lively,purposeful and committed, he defended his flank very well despite not getting enough cover from his right winger,still needs to go forward more especially when he has nothing to defend against….6/10
Chima Akas: The captain had a game he won’t remember for good,As he was off the pace,slow and his poor recovery rate exposed Stephen Eze,the central defender meant to provide cover from him, also didn’t give Prince Aggrey an outlet to play with on the left flank….4/10
Austin Oboarakpo: The team’s first choice centre back returned from suspension to reclaim his spot in the central defence but didn’t quite proved he merited it,had a below average performance and it was his failure to properly judge and head a cross from the Tunisians that was knocked down for Akaichi’s equaliser….5/20
Stephen Eze: Still a thing of surprise that he doesn’t score goals with his height, defensively he couldn’t keep up with the pace of Akaichi,struggled to match his first game display, little wonder he was substituted….4/10
Paul Onobi: A passenger in the Nigeria midfield,failed to provide any sort of protection for the back four and was lucky to play the entire 90 minutes, by his standard this showing will go down as one of his worst ever….4/10
Usman Mohammed: The FC Taraba midfielder moved the ball intelligently and his dribbling abilities made it easy for him to get past defenders but still needs to learn how to shoot,a positive showing nonetheless….6.5/10
Ifeanyi Matthew: Started the game like a house on fire but went cold in the second half,sprayed and interchange passes with ease and almost gave Nigeria the lead in the first half however he still need to be a little bit adventurous,sat back too often yet alongside Onobi provided no shield for the back four….6/10
Prince Aggrey: Energetic and full of running but failed to match the height he reached in the first game,did very little defending and generally went missing in the second half,lost most of his duels and only few of his dribbles were successful….5.5/10
Osas Okoro: Lively,a willing runner not afraid to take on opponents,set up Chikatara for his third assist of the tournament,defended when he ought to and deservedly voted as the CAF man of the match….8/10
Chisom Chikatara: Showed another side of his game by displaying close dribbling skills,held of his markers brilliantly,not shy of taking on opponents but lack of services from his teammates reduced his undoubted quality,took his goal well and presently sit on top of the top scorer’s chart….7.5/10
Kalu Orji: Came in for Stephen Eze, while he did his own job correctly,they appear to be no understanding between him and his central defence partner Austin Oboarakpo and that gave Tunisia’s goalscorer Akaichi space to exploit however his goal line clearance helped the Eagles hold on till they conceded….6/10
Barthlomew Ibenegbu: Another below average showing from one of the most creative player in the Nigeria league, did nothing to affect the dynamics of the game and once again wasn’t on same wavelength with the rest of his teammates….4/10
Ezekiel Bassey: A substitute who didn’t have enough touch on the ball to warrant a rating.