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EGYPT 1-0 NIGERIA: FULL-TIME PLAYER RATINGS

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Daniel Akpeyi: Kept Nigeria in the game with strings of save in the first half, unsighted for Egypt’s only goal of the game, one of the top performers on a sad night for Nigeria….8/10

Shehu Abdullahi: Steady in defence, tried moving forward and twice whipped in telling crosses however unsettled Efe Ambrose and ball which lead to Egypt’s goal deflected off him….6/10

Stanley Amuzie: Jittery from the start,recovered as the game progressed but struggled to keep up with Mohammed Salah, a surprise selection to start the game, deservedly hurled off at half time…. 5/10

Godfrey Obaboana: A strong showing from the centre back who won almost every tackle he made, an improved showing on his display in Kaduna….7/10

Efe Ambrose: Unlucky to be in the mix that lead to the game’s winner for the Egyptians other than that had one of his best performance in an Eagles shirt, moved the ball nicely from the back and showed calmness in tight situations….7.5/10

Mikel Obi: A captain who tried his best to rally his team with his performance on the pitch aside his off the pitch pep talks not seen on live camera. Didn’t put a foot wrong so unlucky to be on the losing side….8.5/10

Ogenekaro Etebo: He climbed down from the high of his debut when he scored Nigeria’s lone goal five days ago, hardly noticed in the first half, gave away possession and was very sloppy in moving the ball forward….5/10

Aminu Umar: All brawn but less brain, a tireless runner not scared of taking on defender but lacking that crucial final pass in the opponent’s half, one for the future….5.5/10

Ahmed Musa: How he lasted 90 minutes is still a shock, off the pace, offered nothing in attack, wasted numerous chances to use his pace by far Nigeria’s worst player of the night….4/10

Victor Moses: The only loan Chelsea star had Nigeria’s only real chance of the game, unlucky to see his effort come off the woodwork with the goalkepper beaten despite that he was slightly above average looking at how talented he is….6/10

Odion Ighalo: Two games and no shot on target for the Watford man who extended his goal drought for his club to country, frustrated as the lone man upfront but still could have done better….5/10

Substitutes:

Elderson Echiejile: Kept Mohammed Salah quiet upon his introduction, stood his grounds against the trick and pace of the AS Roma man and from his display he should have started ahead of Amuzie….6/10

Okechukwu Azubuike: Brought urgency to the midfield for Nigeria with nice,neat touches and very quick in moving the ball around, did what Etebo couldn’t do alongside Mikel….5.5/10

Alex Iwobi: Blessed with the vision of an Eagles, see passes others don’t see, his performance left many wondering why he wasn’t in the starting line up….6.5/10