Nigeria U-23s were handed a heavy 6-2 thrashing by their Danish counterparts at the ongoing Suwon International tournament in South Korea in their second game of the tournament.
Owngoalnigeria.com got across to a South Korea based journalist who helped us out with analysis of five players who performed below expectation in the game.
1. Erhun Obanor
Had a very lively first game, played with freedom and was a threat all through to South Korea but against the Danes he was off colour. Started on the wrong foot by giving away the penalty which was saved by Emmanuel Daniel but he still didn’t recover from that early setback as he was guilty of ball watching, failed to pick up his man for three of the moves that lead to Denmark scoring.
2. Nathan Oduwa
His first start for Nigeria U-23s after coming off the bench twice in previous games is one the Tottenham Hotspur prospect will love to forget in a hurry. Replaced before the end of the first half, he was guilty of losing the ball more times than he kept it and didn’t do enough defensively to stem the wave of attacks from the danes.
3. Ndifreke Effiong
Yanked off before the end of first half to save him from the torture he was receiving from the right winger of the Danish side, still a mystery that he kept his spot in the team after a below par showing at the U-23 AFCON which Nigeria won, his weakness today could affect his chances of going to the Olympics in Rio come August.
One would have excused him for his poor tracking back to help out in defence but considering he did nothing significant upfront even against a suspect full back fully exploited by the man who replaced him Abdulrahman Taiwo earns him a spot as a major flop in the game. Also he was among the trio substitute before the half time break.
5. Julius Emiloju
A new face in the team brought in to stable the shaky defence of the Nigeria U-23s but from his display he is far from the solution, not close to it at all. Lost in the transition of play, a passenger for large spell of the game, looked out of his depth and it will be a shock if he is called up for future engagements.
*Daniel Martins with additional inputs from Sae Tae Hun of South Korea Journal.