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Nigeria Player Ratings: Moses Simon flourishes in half-hour appearance

11:42 GMT+3 20/01/2022
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GOAL assesses every Super Eagle that played in the win over Djurtus in the Africa Cup of Nations

  • Francis Uzoho

    Francis Uzoho (6/10)

    Smothered a loose ball after the rapid Mama Balde beat Nigeria’s centre-backs.

    Nearly made a mess of a seemingly routine save in the 87th minute, parrying the ball back into danger.

  • William Troost-Ekong

    William Troost-Ekong (6.5/10)

    After threatening against Sudan, the central defender netted his first goal of the finals, albeit rather fortuitously.

  • Semi Ajayi - Nigeria

    Semi Ajayi (7/10)

    The West Bromwich Albion defender was a threat at attacking set-pieces and made a late block to prevent a late Guinea-Bissau goal after Uzoho’s mistake.

  • Tyronne Ebuehi

    Tyronne Ebuehi (5.5/10)

    While he did not bomb forward as much as Jamilu Collins, Ebuehi might be disappointed to have made little attacking impact from right-back.

  • Jamilu Collins - Nigeria vs. Libya

    Jamilu Collins(6.5/10)

    Collins was barely troubled at left-back and he combined well with Ejuke on that flank from time to time.

  • Wilfred Ndidi Nigeria

    Wilfred Ndidi (6.5/10)

    The Leicester City man may not have won the majority of his duels, but he played an underrated role in the build-up to Nigeria’s opening goal.

  • Kelechi Nwakali

    Kelechi Nwakali (7/10)

    Gave a good account of himself on his first start at the finals.

    Sent in threatening deliveries from set-pieces and was denied a first-half assist after Sadiq Umar could not sort his feet out after being slipped through by the Huesca midfielder.

  • Alex Iwobi of Nigeria, Liberia's Sampson Dweh

    Alex Iwobi (6/10)

    His link-up play was intermittently impressive, but you want the Everton man to do more.

  • Wilfred Ndidi, Chidera Ejuke, Nigeria

    Chidera Ejuke (6/10)

    Ejuke held on to possession longer than Augustine Eguavoen may have liked at times. However, he was a bright spark and showed an understanding with Collins.

  • Kelechi Iheanacho Nigeria 2018

    Kelechi Iheanacho (7/10)

    A typical game, featuring good Iheanacho and bad Iheanacho.

    The Leicester City attacker’s impressive assist for Umar Sadiq’s first Nigeria goal was one of the game’s highlights.

  • Sadiq Torino

    Umar Sadiq (6.5/10)

    Had a Jekyll and Hyde showing, failing to take advantage of Nwakali’s through-ball in the opening half.

    Regardless, Sadiq will be pleased to have opened his Super Eagles account with a finish from close range after 56 minutes.

  • Moses Simon

    Moses Simon (9/10)

    Nigeria's livewire is proving to be unstoppable at this finals. He completed a plethora of dribbles after replacing Ejuke, going past his marker seven times in only 34 minutes of action—no player on the pitch had more.

    Unlucky his powerful effort leading to Troost-Ekong's strike hit the woodwork.

  • Peter Olayinka

    Peter Olayinka (4/10)

    The forward got half-hour of action but barely got a kick in that period, although he set up Simon for that effort in second-half stoppage time.

  • Frank Onyeka - Brentford

    Frank Onyeka (N/A)

    Onyeka made his Afcon debut in a 14-minute cameo.

  • Harold Olisa Ndah of Nigeria, Togo's Marouf Tchakei

    Olisa Ndah (N/A)

    The Orlando Pirates man made his Nigeria bow replacing Ebuehi with 14 minutes of normal time to play.

  • Henry Onyekuru

    Henry Onyekuru (N/A)

    The wide attacker replaced Kelechi Iheanacho late on.