Player rating: How Super Eagles’ players fared against Indomitable Lions in Yaounde.

Super eagles celebrating a goal against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Yaounde
Super eagles celebrating a goal against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in Yaounde

The Super Eagles on Monday in Yaoundé put up another good shift as they took yet another big step towards qualifying for the Russia 2018 World Cup.

Though the team could not secure a double over the Indomitable Lions, they nonetheless collectively put up a commendable show worthy of commendation, drawing 1-1 with their host to remain top of the group with 10 points from four matches.

PREMIUM TIMES rates how each Super Eagles player fared in Yaoundé.

Ikechukwu Ezenwa

The only home-based player in the team put up a good show as he made a couple of saves including the double in the 84th minute that denied Cameroon taking the lead.

What could have been a perfect day at the office was dented with the avoidable penalty kick conceded in the 75th minute. That said, Ezenwa deserves 7

Elderson Echiejile

What the left-back lacks in skills, he makes up with his experience. Still not as convincing as one would wish, the defender did his bit as the Cameroon team rarely explored his side of the pitch, Echiejile gets 6  

Shehu Abdullahi

The right-back looked a little better than he was in Uyo. He was definitely above average on the night and made some important tackles and interception that earns him a 7.

William Troost-Ekong 

Just like in Uyo, Ekong was rock solid at the back and his partnership with Leon Balogun has done well to boost his confidence.

Among other highlights, Ekong’s masterful tackle right inside his own box to deny Nsama in the 52nd minute earns him an 8.

Leon Balogun

There were fears about his fitness before the game, but none of that was visible as the dean of defence marshalled out the Lions even on their turf.

Though he earned a yellow card for a mistimed tackle, Balogun did an excellent job that sees him take the highest rating of 9

Wilfred Ndidi
Not particularly spectacular over the two legs, but he still got on with the job in the middle of the pack and earns a 6.

Ogenyi Onazi 

The combative midfielder like always had all his body into the game though quite clumsy in some occasion. His total commitment perhaps endears him to the coach as some argue there are better choices on the bench. That said, the vice-captain gets a 7.

Mikel Obi 

The captain was not as influential as he was in Uyo, but he still steadied things in the middle for Nigeria before he was replaced by his namesake, Mikel Agu. The skipper gets 7.

Victor Moses

Even though he had a better game in Uyo, Victor Moses was a handful for the Cameroon team as he continually wriggled his way through and created some chances for Nigeria. Moses was quite close to scoring on a few occasions; especially in the 67th minute when he hit the crossbar. The Chelsea man gets 8

Moses Simon

He got the solitary goal for the Eagles thanks to an assist by Ighalo. As usual, Simon’s speed troubled the Cameroonians and he did well enough to get a 7

Odion Ighalo 

The physical presence of the China-based striker was quite threatening for the Cameron defence and aside from creating the opening for Moses Simon to score, he also had fair attempts at goal for himself. Ighalo gets 7

Subs

Mikel Agu

He continued from where Mikel Obi stopped. But among other things, the Turkey-based midfielder needs to blend better with his teammates. He gets a 6

Iheanacho, Etebo

They did not feature long enough to get a fair rating.


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  • Dayus

    PT, your ratings of the Eagles players is not helpful to the unity they are trying to build. Your ratings may create envy and discord within them. Even the very weak among them are needed by the colourful ones to succeed.

    • thusspokez

      I am sorry?

      • Cub

        Players are Rated every where to make know how dey fared.

        • thusspokez

          I didn’t ask @Dayus why players are rated; instead, I want the poster to explain his/her “ratings may create envy and discord” comment in more detail.

  • thusspokez

    Elderson Echiejile
    … the defender did his bit as the Cameroon team rarely explored his side of the pitch,

    I am sorry, but what game were you watching? In the second half, Cameroon changed its tactics to attack Nigeria’s left wing/back — which it did frequently. This would indicate that the Cameroonians saw Nigeria’s left wing/backs as the weak link. Go and watch the second half again and you will see what I mean.

    Ogenyi Onazi
    …some argue there are better choices on the bench. That said, the vice-captain gets a 7.

    At first, I had wondered who was the fat guy wearing the #17. He looked a bit overweight and slow. And worst of all, he was too argumentative; he needs to stop the moaning and self-distraction and instead, focus more on the game. I would give him 5.

    Victor Moses

    Victor Moses is becoming too wasteful and trying to do too much. In the national team, he seems to abandon the discipline he always shows in his Chelsea FC. And why is that?

    The Super Eagle needs a good replacement midfielder (say a #10) when Mikel is taken off. The midfield looked clueless, disorganised and was unable to initiate any effective attack. Hopefully, Alex Iwobi of Arsenal return will help improve the midfield next time.

    • Daniel Ikwuagwu

      Good analysis on Moses. He did well but was also selfish on many occasions. He needs to be cautioned. Some of those last minute free-kicks could have been taken by Ihenacho.