Players’ scorecard : Super Eagles vs Brazil

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It was a very thriling game. No dull moments from the blast of the whistle, as the Super Eagles drew the first blood in the first half through Joe Aribo. Brazil clawed themselves into the game in the second half through Casemiro.

Below is the scorecard of the Super Eagles players .

Francis Uzoho 
He was in goal for about 60 mins before he was injured and replaced by Maduka Okoye. To be candid, Uzoho performed very well with some world class saves in both first and second half. Yes. He conceeded the equalising goal, but he cannot be blamed for the goal.

Scorecard : 6/10

Chigozie Awaziem

Every work of arts must be criticised. Chigozie Awaziem has continued to improve after the  criticism that trailed his debut game for the Super Eagles in 2017 by yours truly and today he is the most improved player in the team. He proved this once again against Brazil. He thwarted some goal bound moves of Brazil.

Scorecard : 7/10

Jamiu Colins 

He had a desent game. He tried to ensure that his position was not used as the weak link into the defence of the Eagles. He cleared a goal bound shot out of danger to safety. 

Scorecard : 5/10

Williams Troost – Ekong

The captain of the team against Brazil did well to curtail the rampaging Brazilian attackers. He controlled the team very amidst pressure from the Brazilians.

Scorecard: 5/10

Semi Ajayi

Pairing with Williams Troost Ekong in the central defence against more established Brazilian attackers. Ajayi never displayed any weak emotions or performance and he was well positioned to stop the goal bound low drive of Continho few minutes to the end of the game.

Scorecard : 5/10

Wilfred Ndidi

He was not that excellent in the midfield unlike in his previous games. May be he missed the absence of Oghenekaro Etebo. However, he tried in the midfield tussle for supremacy against Brazil.

Scorecard: 5/10

Alex Iwobi 

The Everton of England midfielder had a good game with his dashing runs into the vital area of the opponents, but his passes were sometimes off the mark. Iwobi can do better than this.

Scorecard: 5/10

Joe Aribo

When a player scored his second goal in his second game for his country, you will definately know that the future is very bright for the player and that is the story of Joe Aribo. 
He collected the pass from Moses Simon and he dribbled two Brazilian defenders swiftly to hit the ball into the net. It was a skillful technique to behold. You don’t wear number 10 for  nothing.

Scorecard: 8/10

Moses Simon 

Ever reliable and dependable player in the Super Eagles, Moses Simon displayed his experience among the young attackers in the Super Eagles. He calmly assisted Aribo with that beautiful pass that led to the goal Nigeria scored in the first half.

Scorecard: 6/10

Samuel Chukwueze 

He had a good game and he was not selfish compared to the game against Ukraine. He theatened the defenders with his deadly dribbling runs before he was replaced in the second half by Okeyinka Olayinka.

Scorecard: 5/10

Victor Osimhen 

He also threatened the defence with some shots on target but was not furtunate to have scored a goal against Brazil. If Osimhen was well fielded with the ball, he would have scored. There is no denying the fact that there are goals in his blood.

Scorecard 6/10

Substitutes

Maduka Okoye

Tattoo infested Maduka Okoye replaced injured Francis Uzoho at the hour mark. He tried to exhibit some confidence , though he looked tense making his debut in a strange manner against Brazil.Fortunately, the German born goalleeper did not conceed goal against Brazil due to the defence qualities of Awaziem and Ajayi.

Scorecard: 4/10

Shehu Abdullahi 

He came in for Chigozie Awaziem in the dying minute of the game. No time to  really access him.

Scorecard: Certificate of Attendance.

Dennis Bonvaventure 

Replaced Moses Simon and he was able to contribute his quota at a time that it appeared that Super Eagles were playing for a draw.

Scorecard: 4/10 

Ramon Azeez

He came in late for Alex Iwobi. He tried his best in the midfield as Nigeria defended to earn a respectable scoreline.

Scorecard: 3/10

Olayinka Okeyinka

Another debutant that came in the dying munutes of the game. He should be satisfied with wearing the national colours of Nigeria for the first time and it came against ” Almighty ” Brazil.

Scorecard: Certificate of Attemdance

Paul Onuachu 


He has the potentials to be a great striker in the Super Eagles but Onuachi has not lived up to expectations, making his debut performance with a goal against Egypt to look like a fluke. His first touch slows down the attack of the team. He needs to improve, if he must remain relevant in the Super Eagles.

Scorecard: 2/10

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