The Super Eagles B team couldn’t continue from where they left off against Niger Republic in their first game of the ongoing CHAN tournament as they drew 1-1 with Tunisia in their second group game having initially led.
Here, fcnaija.com rates the Nigerian players on how they fared at the Stade Regionale Nyamirambo.
Ikechukwu Ezenwa: Dealt with some crosses perfectly, but at other times, was flabby. It wasn’t a bad game overall as he made a couple of good saves as well. 6/10.
Matthew Etim: He was better going forward than he was against Niger and he was also solid defensively. He however let in the cross that resulted in Tunisia’s equalizer. 6/10.
Stephen Eze: He was too slow to react and ponderous in possession. It wasn’t a surprise he was hooked at half time. 4/10
Austin Obaroakpo: He returned to the team after serving out a suspension in the first game. He seemed unsettle at first, but seemed to recover as the game wore on. He however lost his marker, who played the assist for Tunisia’s goal. 5/10
Chima Akas: It wasn’t a vintage showing from the team captain but it wasn’t a bad outing all the same. He didn’t attack as much as would have been expected but he was solid in defense. 6/10
Paul Onobi: He seems to play better in the second half. He didn’t assert himself in the first half as the Tunisians dominated, but he was better in the second half and combined well with Ifeanyi Matthew. 6/10
Usman Mohammed: An underwhelming game by his standard and he would be disappointed to have suffered a knock before being replaced. 5/10
Ifeanyi Matthew: By far Nigeria’s best midfielder so far in the tournament. He held things well especially in the first half as Usman and Onobi went to sleep. He should make the team of the tournament if he continues like this and if Nigeria progresses. 8/10
Osas Okoro: He wasn’t as electrifying as he was in the first game, but he was effective in good measure and assisted Nigeria’s goal. He was voted man-of-the-match. 7/10
Prince Aggrey: Not his best game today and he was eventually replaced in the second half. He must do well to retain his place. 5/10
Chisom Chikatara: He can’t stop scoring, can he? Gave Nigeria the lead with a superb strike, albeit a deflection. He now has four goals in two games. 8/10
Orji Kalu: He was brought in again to replace a faltering defender and he did well enough to keep things tight but his lost his marker for Tunisia’s goal and the ball had to deflect off of him. Otherwise, it was a decent showing 5/10
Bartholomew Ibenegbu: He came in for Usman and almost scored a second for Nigeria as he embarked on a solo run which was eventually thwarted by the Tunisian defense. 5/10
Ezekiel Bassey: Came in late and had very little time to impact the game. A fantastic player on his day, it won’t be surprising to see him start the final group game. 3/10