The Super Eagles of Nigeria were eliminated from the 2016 CHAN tournament at the group stage despite starting the competition on a promising note. Tunisia’s 5-0 win over Niger and Nigeria’s 1-0 defeat to Guinea meant the Super Eagles will be returning back home earlier than expected.
Here, fcnaija.com takes a look at how the players fared in the ill-fated match against Guinea’s Syli National.
Ikechukwu Ezenwa: One of the very few players that can hold his head high after a poor tournament. Made some very good saves to deny Guinea and a decent showing overall. 6/10
Matthew Etim: He was solid defensively but offered very little going forward as the Guineans pegged them back. He however, could have done better. 5/10
Jamiu Alimi: What a disappointing game and tournament it was for him. He was severally caught out of position and was lucky the Guineans couldn’t capitalize. 4/10
Austin Obaroakpo: He was also caught out of position several times and didn’t do much to organize the defense. 4/10
Chima Akas: He inadvertently played in the Guinean player that played the final pass for their goal. Like Etim, didn’t offer much going forward as he was pegged behind by Guineans.
Paul Onobi: He had to be taken off after enduring another poor game. He came into the tournament with a huge reputation but didn’t do much to live up to it. 4/10
Ifeanyi Matthew: He had been the team’s best midfielder but was also overwhelmed by the robust style of the Guineans and lost possession too easily. Not his best game. 5/10
Usman Mohammed: He was responsible for the very few forays the team made into the Guinea half but suffered a recurrence of the groin injury he had against Tunisia and had to be taken off. It probably would have turned out differently if he remained on the pitch. 6/10
Osas Okoro: Another player who failed to turn up and was caught up in defensive positions most of the game. 5/10
Prince Aggrey: To imagine he started the competition like he would end up with the MVP trophy to being so ordinary. Another poor outing. 4/10
Tuned Adeniji: He was starved of the ball as the Nigerians struggled in midfield. His runs were also mostly inaccurate, little wonder he failed to get a goal in the competition. 3/10
Bature Yaro: He was brought in for the injured Usman but was often bullied off the ball by the much bigger Guineans. Had a few efforts on goal though. 4/10
Chisom Chikatara: There were doubts about his availability prior to the game but he was introduced in the second half and failed to sparkle. 4/10
Bright Onyedikachi: He was the best substitute for Nigeria. Unlike Bature, he never got easily bullied by the Guineans, despite his slight build and even almost got an equalizer late on. 6/10