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Nigeria Player Ratings: Uzoho and Balogun flourish in Ghana draw

11:32 PM IST 25/03/22
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GOAL assesses each Nigerian player in Friday night's stalemate with the Black Stars

  • Francis Uzoho

    Francis Uzoho (8/10)

    Maduka Okoye’s stand-in had a solid performance, making two decent stops from Abdul Fatawu Issahaku and Mohammed Kudus in either half.

    The goalkeeper was sharp to claim crosses into the area as well as smother loose balls from time to time.

  • William Troost-Ekong

    William Troost-Ekong (7/10)

    Despite a lack of match action since the Africa Cup of Nations, the Watford centre-back had one of his better Nigeria games against the Black Stars, coping quite well against the threat of Felix Afena-Gyan.

  • Leon Balogun, Nigeria

    Leon Balogun (7.5/10)

    The returning Rangers defender had a strong showing alongside Troost-Ekong, handling his defensive tasks fairly well and even carrying the ball into midfield intermittently when the Super Eagles struggled for ball progression.

  • Ola Aina - Nigeria vs. Libya

    Ola Aina (7/10)

    The Torino full-back rarely put a foot wrong at the Baba Yara Stadium and fashioned the away side’s best chance of the first half which Joe Aribo failed to convert.

  • Zaidu Sanusi, Victor Osimhen, Henry Onyekuru - Nigeria/ Super Eagles

    Zaidu Sanusi (6/10)

    While Sanusi could have done better with some of his deliveries, one of his better crosses into the area for Victor Osimhen ought to have been converted by the Napoli frontman.

    The left0back was withdrawn for Calvin Bassey with 15 minutes remaining.

  • Innocent Bonke

    Innocent Bonke (5.5/10)

    Ineffectual showing for the defensive midfielder who deputised for the injured Wilfred Ndidi.

    Subbed just after the hour after sustaining an injury.

  • Joe Aribo, CAR

    Joe Aribo (6/10)

    While the Rangers man could have done better with his opportunity before half-time, his early withdrawal was somewhat surprising.

  • Dean Furman, South Africa & Samuel Chukwueze, Nigeria, July 2019

    Samuel Chukwueze (5/10)

    A frustrating outing for the wide attacker who often held on to possession for too long and got little joy before his substitution on the hour.

  • Moses Simon

    Moses Simon (4/10)

    Having been Augustine Eguavoen’s best performer at Afcon, Simon did not pull any trees against the Black Stars.

    The Nantes attacker lost the ball quite often, and was wasteful with his final ball and missed a gilt-edged one-vs-one chance 10 minutes into the second half.

  • Kelechi Iheanacho Nigeria 2018

    Kelechi Iheanacho (5.5/10)

    While the Leicester City forward had an uneventful game, he created the visitors’ best chance of the evening.

    Iheanacho failed to win any of his duels in the entirety of the game (11 tussles altogether).

  • Victor Osimhen

    Victor Osimhen (6/10)

    The Napoli frontman huffed and puffed but suffered owing to the absence of quality chances.

    In hindsight, Osimhen probably feels he should have attacked Sanusi’s first-half cross with more conviction.

  • Frank Onyeka - Brentford

    Frank Onyeka (6/10)

    Onyeka had a decent-to-good showing after replacing Aribo, winning five of eight duels.

    Still, the Brentford man ought to rue his final ball in the game’s closing stages when he failed to pick out a teammate despite having time on the ball.

  • Oghenekaro Etebo of Nigeria

    Peter Etebo (6/10)

    Etebo was booked for his prostrations after Nigeria’s penalty was rescinded in the 77th minute.

    The on-loan Watford midfielder offered energy in midfield and his pressing helped to win the cancelled award of a spot-kick.

  • Emmanuel Dennis of Nigeria and Watford.

    Emmanuel Dennis (6/10)

    While Dennis failed to pull up trees in an attacking sense, his industry in tracking back thwarted a Ghana counter-attack in the game’s last quarter.

  • Calvin Bassey

    Calvin Bassey (N/A)

    The versatile Rangers defender replaced Sanusi for his Nigeria debut in the 75th minute.

  • Ademola Lookman of Nigeria and Leicester City.

    Ademola Lookman (N/A)

    Like Bassey, Lookman made his Super Eagles bow against the Black Stars, introduced with 15 minutes to play.