How Super Eagles of Nigeria rated against Zambia.

Super Eagles of Nigeria's line up against Zambia in the 1-2 away win.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria started their world cup qualifiers on a bright note as they clinched a 1-2 away win in Ndola, Zambia on Sunday. Goals from youngsters Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho gave Nigeria a 2-0 lead before the break in the 32nd and 42nd minute of the game as Nigeria overcame the host (Zambia) in front of their home fans.
 Following the 2-1 away win some Nigerian put up a magnificent performance in the game to ensure that the game ended in the favour of the Nigeria side as Gernot Rohr won his second game in charge of the Super Eagles.
We highlights the performance of these players accordance to their rate of performance in the game.
GOALKEEPER
CARL IKEME (6.5)
          The big man had a good game in goal saving a pin-point Zambia header and was alert to block Kalaba’s effort in the second period. Could do nothing for the goal as Omeruo committed a blunder.
DEFENDERS
WILFRED NDIDI (5.0)
          The midfielder playing out of position struggled in the position for much of the game as (Rainford) Kalaba threatened from his position. Was tidy in his interceptions at least to support the back four.
KENNETH OMERUO (5.0)
          Kenneth was a shadow of himself as he looked unconvincing in defence. Not the best of clearances and was at fault for Collins Mbesuma’s goal as his lost possession when it mattered most.
WILLIAM TROOST-EKONG 6.5
          The best man in Nigeria defence just as in the concluded Olympic games as he defended stoutly to make up for Omeruo defensive inconsistency.
ELDERSON ECHIEJILE 5.0
          Not the best of defending for Elderson on the left back as his touches was implicative and was not mobile enough in attack. His crosses were not the best either.
MIDFIELDERS
OGENYI ONAZI (6.5)
          The ever present midfielder was energetic looking to plunge all the holes in Nigerian midfield with his tireless display and some good forward passes.
JOHN OBI MIKEL (6.0)
          The Chelsea man utilized his experience and was composed in possession with some incisive passes. Linked up well with the dynamic duo of Iwobi and Iheanacho in transition and would have added a goal in the game.
ALEX IWOBI (7.0)
          The Arsenal man was very organized in midfield putting the ball where there was spaces as he combined well in the Kelechi going forward. Superb techniques to open his goal scoring account for Nigeria.
ATTACKERS
KELECHI IHEANACHO (7.5)
          The Manchester City forward was lively all through the game as he combined well with Iwobi in the final third and scored an individual goal to cap off a brilliant display. Great vision to pick out Ideye in the second period.
BROWN IDEYE (5.5) 
Missed a glorious chance after been setup by Iwobi early in the game but occasional linked up well Iwobi and Simon in Eagles’ attack.
SIMON MOSES (4.5)
          Not the best of games from the forward as he failed to inspire from the wings. The gent star did some good defensive work for his team before leaving for Ahmed Musa later in the game.
SUBSTITUTES
ANDERSON ESITI (6.0)
          The midfielder added width to Eagles midfield, made some good movement alongside Mikel and Onazi and a delivery into the box though was cleared by the Zambian defence.
ABDULLAHI SHEHU (5.0)
          The defensive midfielder came on to replace Onazi and did some nice tidy at the base of the midfield to ensure that the Eagles see out the victory.
AHMED MUSA (5.0)
          A late cameo but tasked the Zambian keeper with a low drive for a corner kick. Turn from his marker brilliantly in the quest to add speed to the weary Super Eagles’ attack.


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