Player Ratings – Shehu Abdullahi, Bryan Idowu Top Flops, Ebuehi Shines


Nigeria lost their final warm up game 0-1 to Czech Republic and senior editor Osas Mahawi rated the Nigerian players on parade in the game.


Francis Uzoho – Commanded his area very well and once again proved right the decision of the coach to pick him as first choice ahead of the duo of Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi…..6/10

Shehu Abdullahi – Like the last game against England had a game to forget. Looked lost in his role as a wing-back and from all indication he has played himself out of the team for the opening game against Croatia….. 3/10

Bryan Idowu – Another who had a game he will like to forget in a hurry. Only difference with Abdullahi was that he got involved more but his decision making in the box of Czech Republic showed his limitations as a wing back….. 3/10

John Ogu – Another solid display from the Hapoel Be’er Sheva man in a rather different position than his usual role as a midfielder. Looked very composed as a the left side defender in the back three. Won tackles and aerial duels. His distribution was also spot on….. 6.5/10

Leon Balogun – Didn’t start the game in his usual commanding style but grew into it as the game progressed. Still not the same player who posted man of the match performance in almost all of the World Cup qualifiers he played…..5/10

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William Troost-Ekong – Hardly comfortable with the ball at his feet but very assured in making tackles plus uses his pace very well in covering up for others…..5/10

Wilfred Ndidi – Returned and immediately showed his class with strong runs and almost scored with a well hit shot carved out of nothing. Clearly the livewire of this Nigerian team. 7/10

Mikel Obi – Covered lot of grounds but failed with most of his forward passes particularly in the second half when the Eagles dominated the contest. Still invaluable to this team but once again was guilty of losing his man for the goal scored by Czech Republic just like it was against England…..6/10

Alex Iwobi – Quick footed and and assured his possession. He failed to assert himself like he did against England on Saturday. Still did enough to earn a rating slightly above average…6/10

Victor Moses – Didn’t play to half of his potentials for the duration he was on but still looked deadly with the ball at his feet. Missed a chance begging to be converted. A sign of his lack of confidence right now…..5/10

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Odion Ighalo – Played as a lone striker and aside straying offside carelessly , he didn’t help himself with his poor all round display. Appears to have played himself out of the starting line up…..4/10

Substitutes :

Tyronne Ebuehi – Solid display from the newly signed Benfica right back. Sure to start against Croatia base on the strength of his performance in the last two games. Attacks and defends well , a trait which brought stability to the entire Nigerian team in the second half….. 7/10

Ahmed Musa – Struggled to get involved. Failed to use his pace against a tired Czech Republic back line.

Kelechi Iheanacho – Looked sharp but didn’t get into positions where he can wreck havoc. Although he played a bit far off from goal.

Simy Nwankwo – Couple of good touches but nothing extra ordinary from the giant Crotone forward.

Elderson Echiejile – Like Idowu the man he came on for Echiejile added nothing in terms of changing the tide in favour of Nigeria.