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U-23 BRAZIL 0-1 U-23 NIGERIA: FULL TIME PLAYER RATINGS

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The Nigeria U-23 team secured a shock 0-1 win over their Brazilian counterpart in a friendly game played yesterday in Victoria,Marcelo Brigi owngoalnigeria.com correspondent in Brazil gives his ratings of the Nigeria players who did the nation proud.

Emmanuel Daniel: A class act in goal clearly Nigeria’s best goalkepper outside the Super Eagles,made save after save, got injured and had to come off but did enough for his deputy to complete the job….9/10

Musa Mohammed: A full back who is full of running and showed strength in physical duels but his tackling needs work,guilty of giving away dangerous freekicks at the edge of Nigeria’s box however his last ditch tackle bailed Nigeria from Brazil leveling things up in the first half….6.5/10

Ndifreke Effiong: Had a first half to forget as his side of defence was a through fare for the Brazilians but he never stopped working hard and improved in the second half with help from Stanley Dimgba….5/10

Keigo Erimuya: Hard in tackle and solid with the ball at his feet but didn’t show enough understanding with Segun Oduduwa as they were both guilty of letting the Brazilians slip behind in the first half, showed good turn of pace….5/10

Segun Oduduwa: Not so good in tackles and aerial balls but showed impeccable reading of the game, made timely intervention and was by far the brain of the Nigeria back four….6.5/10

Ovbokha Agboyi: Did nothing spectacular in the first half even until he was substituted, a below par showing as he was clearly missing in the middle when Brazil run ragged our defence that he is suppose to provide cover for….4/10

Sadiq Popoola: Pint sized, lively and bustling in the middle his well placed effort cannon off the bar for Ubong Ekpai to score Nigeria’s lone goal and as respected sport pundit Eseoghene Edafe said he looks like a Mathieu Valubuena clone….7/10

Ubong Ekpai: Took his goal well with a header after from a rebound but didn’t do enough defensively to help out Musa Mohammed but still showed flashes of his enormous potential….7/10

Awoniyi Taiwo: A game to forget for the on loan Liverpool man,link up play wasn’t at it best, struggle to get on the ball and was easily bullied into letting go of possession can obviously do better….4.5/10

Stanley Dimgba: Went missing in the first half but put in a tireless shift in the second half, energetic and full of running, He cover lot of grounds for the team….7/10

Imoh Ezekiel: Pacy,strong and daring, won a penalty that wasn’t given obviously the liveliest of Nigeria forwards, what a game he had playing as the lone man upfront when Brazil was searching for an equaliser and Nigeria were defending, surely a top talent….8/10

Substitutes:

Yusuf Mohammed: One would have thought he won’t have much to do but that wasn’t the case was called into action shortly after coming on and his brilliant tip over the bar from a freekick from Brazil means Nigeria is well stock in that area going into the Olympics….7/10

Nathan Oduwa: Nice touches but never really settled down,love to be on the ball but didn’t quite got to see much of it still showed why he is highly rated by Tottenham Hotspurs….5/10

Godswil Ekpolo: Came on for Musa Mohammed and clearly oozed class with his runs and smart move, improved the team to a large extent the Barcelona teen brought calm to the defence….5.5/10

Theophilus Solomon: A cameo to remember,confident on the ball with nice touches,played Osimhen in with a neat pass and on the strength of his display deserves another look….5.5/10

Junior Ajayi: One thing you can’t take away from the Sfaxien man is that he is always lurking and willing to pounce, did very well with his hold up play and defending from the opponent’s half….5.5/10

Victor Osimhen: A bull with precision,the best among the substitutes twice came close to doubling Nigeria’s tally, if there was any doubt about his talent, this performance will surely kill it….7/10