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Nigeria Player Ratings: Uzoho the villain as Super Eagles miss out on World Cup

21:19 BST 29/03/2022
Francis Uzoho
GOAL assesses the performance of each Nigerian player as they failed to book a ticket to the quadrennial competition
  • Francis Uzoho

    Francis Uzoho (3/10)

    The goalkeeper was at fault for Thomas Partey’s goal and seemed unsure at times whenever he had to rush off his line as well as when he received the ball to feet.

  • William Troost-Ekong

    William Troost-Ekong (7/10)

    The captain kept his composure from the spot to equalise. Played a few good balls over the top for the frontmen.

    Defensively, Troost-Ekong seemed more comfortable than his centre-back partner.

  • Leon Balogun, Nigeria

    Leon Balogun (5.5/10)

    The Rangers man played a few errant passes and was caught out on a couple of occasions, albeit without being punished.

  • Ola Aina - Nigeria vs. Libya

    Ola Aina (7.5/10)

    The right-back delivered a solid showing in Abuja, aiding the side’s ball progression and giving little away defensively.

  • Calvin Bassey

    Calvin Bassey (5.5/10)

    While he put in a few menacing crosses into the Ghana box, Bassey was vulnerable defensively at times and his influence waned as the game progressed.

    Replaced late on as Augustine Eguavoen got desperate.

  • Oghenekaro Etebo of Nigeria

    Peter Etebo (6.5/10)

    Etebo was effective in the holding role in the first half and had one of Nigeria’s chances after the break.

  • Nigeria's Frank Onyeka

    Frank Onyeka (6/10)

    Had an strong first half, looking to occupy the half-spaces when the hosts had the ball.

    It was a shame Onyeka was forced off at half-time with an injury.

  • Joe Aribo, CAR

    Joe Aribo (5/10)

    Barely got into the game for the entirety and should be disappointed that his influence on proceedings never grew.

  • Emmanuel Dennis of Nigeria and Watford.

    Emmanuel Dennis (7/10)

    Had an erratic opening half but grew into the game, fashioning two of the Super Eagles’ best chances after the interlude—for Victor Osimhen and Etebo.

  • Ademola Lookman of Nigeria and Leicester City.

    Ademola Lookman (6/10)

    Made a hash of multiple set-pieces, but the left-winger was lively in possession and won the penalty for Nigeria’s leveller.

    Lookman also played the pass for what many initially felt was a second goal, but replays showed Victor Osimhen was offside.

  • Victor Osimhen

    Victor Osimhen (5/10)

    While the Napoli frontman offered the usual tenacity out of possession, he missed a trio of chances to win the game for Super Eagles and moved early for the disallowed goal.

  • Rafal Kurzawa and Abdullahi Shehu v

    Abdullahi Shehu (4/10)

    Did not dominate his duels after replacing Onyeka — losing five of seven altogether — and hardly helped the side’s ball progression in the second half.

  • Moses Simon

    Moses Simon (4/10)

    While Simon created Nigeria’s best chance of the second half for Balogun, the Nantes man often held on to possession for too long and his deliveries from set-pieces were rather underwhelming.

  • Ahmed Musa

    Ahmed Musa (N/A)

    The wide attacker replaced Etebo as Eguavoen went for broke late on.

  • Odion Jude Ighalo of Nigeria during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations 3rd.

    Odion Ighalo (N/A)

    Ighalo came on for Dennis but barely got involved, touching the ball only once in the final 12 minutes.

  • Sadiq Torino

    Umar Sadiq (N/A)

    The towering Almeria forward replaced Bassey in the 88th minute as Nigeria looked to go Route One against the Black Stars.