Nigeria boosted her chances of qualifying for the 2015 African Nations Cup yesterday after downing Sudan by 3 goals to 1. The Eagles did raise their game on a rainy night in Abuja and the fans were not disappointed at the end of proceedings but the Press was because the winning coach and his players failed to show up for Post-match briefings.
Ahmed Musa had given Nigeria the lead when he pounced on a great move from Mikel Obi, to give the Eagles the lead. Minutes later, the Nigerian defense were caught napping and the visitors equalized through, debutant Aaron Samuel also capitalized on a mix-up in the Sudanese defense to score Nigeria’s second and then Musa sealed victory with his second of the night when he stole the ball from a defender and smashed home expertly.
Nigeria is now third on the log in group A with four points, three and four points adrift of Congo and South Africa respectively while Sudan returns to the bottom with three points.
Here is a quick review of the Nigerian players that featured in the game.
My player ratings:
Vincent Enyeama (8): Despite not being able to keep a clean sheet, the shot stopper did enough on the night.
Juwon Oshaniwa (6): justified the coach’s decision to play him rather than Eldesrson Echiejile.
Kenneth Omeruo (6): Omeruo had a fair game, was ball watching when the visitors equalized
Godfery Oboabona (5): Also culpable of ball watching alongside Omeruo, yet to get back to his best.
Ogenyi Onazi (7): Good game he had, played more adventurous despite been asked to play in the right back position (Can’t blame him much though) He was less aggressive on the night as well.
Mikel Obi (7): He was efficient for the team.
Raheem Lawal: (7): With more good performances like this, he might soon become a regular starter, Played well.
Hope Akpan (5): Fair game.
Emmanuel Emenike (7): Didn’t get on the score sheet, showed some desperation at some point in the game, work rate was high but most of his final balls were very disappointing.
Aaron Samuel (7): Looks like the China-based player will soon be a regular based on today’s performance, scored a good goal as well.
Gbolahan Salami (4): Nothing much from the Warri wolves’ striker.
Sone Aluko (5): Has got the spark, more playing time probably needed and fair game for the Hull City man.
Osaguona Ighodaro (4): Bright prospect no doubt…couldn’t do much as well