A resolute Uganda side showed why they are so highly rated as they frustrated the Super Eagles to earn a 0-0 draw in Asaba in an international friendly game.
Owngoalnigeria.com rates the players on display for the Super Eagles.
Daniel Akpeyi – Had little to do during the early exchanges and also in the second half….. 6/10
John Ogu – The big man has the movement and calmness expected of a central defender. His lack of pace was apparent but he made up for it with smart reading of the game which is commendable considering the fact that he is playing out of position. Showed his true quality in the second half upon his return to his preferred midfield position….. 7/10
Semi Ajayi – Eager to play out of the back instead of clearing the ball aimlessly. His long passes were also on display. Surprisingly quick despite his height with his reading of play deserve a mention as well. Made more interception and clearance than any other player in the game….. 8/10
Brian Idowu – Looked very much at home at right back and combined nicely with Samuel Chukwueze on the right flank. A solid performance when compared to how he has struggled when played as a left back….. 7/10
Jamilu Collins – Likes to be on the ball which helped the team in switching from defence to attack. A fantastic cross in the first half and overall looked like he has stamped his authority as the first choice left back of the team….. 7/10
Mikel Agu – Almost everywhere in the first half. Put in a commendable shift and was very calm and assured on the ball even when under pressure. Had Super Eagles best chances in the game. A truly dominant performance from Agu….. 8.5 /10
Oghenekaro Etebo – Lively, full of energy and drive. Threatened to score from set piece situations. Covered lot of grounds as well….. 6/10
Alex Iwobi – Not at his best level as he didn’t put in his usual shift but showed his abilities when on the ball. Still remains the most creative player in the team although didn’t do much to pierce open the defence of Uganda….. 6/10
Ahmed Musa – Starved off service from the midfield. His pace when on the ball troubled the defence of Uganda. By far the most dangerous Nigerian player in attack….. 6/10
Samuel Chukwueze – By far the most exciting player on the pitch. Quick, skillful and daring. His bravery in taking on his man and creating space to shoot is something the Super Eagles have been lacking in a while….. 7/10
Victor Osimhen – A tall target man who played like a true number 9 by always been on the ball whenever it’s in the box. Came close to scoring twice with a header and his pace and physical presence gave Ugandans a lot to worry about….. 7/10
William Troost-Ekong – Slotted into central defence effortlessly and looked assured alongside Ajayi. Brought stability to the defence…..6/10
Isaac Success – Didn’t show enough commitment like Osimhen. Failed to help the team defend from far up the pitch. Didn’t look like same player who has been grabbing the headlines in England for Watford…..4/10
Samuel Kalu – His pace and direct running gave the Eagles a route to the box of Uganda. Lively and exciting on the ball. Fair to call him the go to guy of the Eagles when it comes to opening tight defences…..8/10
Moses Simon – Added urgency to the attack of the Super Eagles. Attacked and defended well. He probably should have been introduced earlier on the strength of his showing…..7/10
Henry Onyekuru – Didn’t get involved enough to earn a rating.