The Flying Eagles of Nigeria put up a five star performance to edge the Nigeria U-23s 4-3 in a seven goal thriller friendly game decided at the National Stadium Lagos.

Owngoalnigeria.com national youth team correspondent Ahmed Ishaya who watched the game bring to you his top 5 performers on the side of the victorious Flying Eagles side.


1. Orji Okonkwo

The Spezia contract rebel was simply un-playable combining power and pace with ice cool finishing in front of goals, aside his brace he was full of energy and covered lot of ground for the team and was always available to bail out his full back whenever the U-23s try to make incursions via the right flank.

He is one player who has grown in leaps and bounds from the U-17 team that won the World Cup in 2015.

2. Victor Osimhen

Arguably the most talented teen prospect in the country at the moment, he was simply breathtaking with the ball and even without it, in attack he still remains the heart and soul of the Amuneke lead team as he either setting up others or scoring himself.

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He dragged the defenders of the U-23s out of position at will and his bullet header revealed another part of his game which is his strength in the air.

3. Kelechi Nwakali

The MVP of the last U-17 World Cup showed against the U-23s why Arsenal beat all contenders to his signature with abilities and technics far above his age.

Neat in possession with an eye for the simple pass, clearly bamboozled the Siasia lead U-23s with quick interchange of passes with Agor Chukwudi even though he was playing a little bit deeper than his usual role in midfield.

4. Agor Chukwudi

His breakup play and neat passes in tight situation is second to none especially how he joins attack from his role as a defensive midfielder.

The West Ham bound midfielder played as the deepest of the U-20 midfield trio but dovetailed nicely with the other midfielders ahead of him in Kingsley Michael and captain Kelechi Nwakali which left the U-23s with little or no space to wreck havoc.

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5. Samuel Chukwueze

Left footed, deadly and daring, gave Sincere Seth a lot to worry about with his quick feet and maneuvers, scored a goal and set up another clearly justifying why he is nicknamed Nigerian Arjen Robben.

FC Porto who cashed in on Arsenal’s slow pace towards securing his signature certainly have a gem on their hands.

*Ahmed Ishaya