The Flying Eagles put up a splendid performance to defeat Qatar 4-0 in the first group D game of the ongoing U-20 FIFA World Cup at the Tychy Stadium on Friday night.
Enyimba youngster Maxwell Effiom netted the opening goal for the two-time U-20 World Cup vice champions.
Swedish based Okechukwu Offia was also on the scoresheet for Nigeria with Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru and Aliu Salawudeen getting the other goals.
Futbalgalore.com rates how Nigeria players fared in the fixture which put the team top of the table as at the tome of filing this report.
Olawale Oremade – 7.5/10
The 19-year-old kept his composure anytime called upon as the Qataris tried to reduce the deficit.
Rabiu Zulkifilu – 8/10
The hard tackling defender was deployed as a right back and passed with flying colours as he used his marauding runs to create problems for the opponents. He two crucial blocks in the game.
Ikouwem Utin – 9/10
Nigeria’s best player on the pitch by miles. The Enyimba youngster was solid as usual at the left back position when attacking and proved strong when defending. His timing runs on the flanks proved to be Nigeria’s weapon on the day. He was involved in the first goal. The Flying Eagles skipper then sprung four challenges down the left and cut the ball back to present Okechukwu Offia with a comfortable finish from close range for the second goal.
Aliu Salawudeen – 8/10
Salawudeen was rock-solid at the heart of defence. He dealt well with the threat of Maroons and registered his name on the score sheet with a world class goal.
Valentine Ozornwafor – 7/10
The budding guardsman complimented the efforts of Salawudeen at the heart of defence with assured display. He took the simple options in the game hence was largely untroubled.
Jamil Mohammed – 7/10
The Kano Pillars enforcer was Nigeria’s silent cleaner in the middle of the park with his tenacious display. He covered more grounds than any other Nigerian on the day.
Ayotomiwa Dele-Bashiru – 8/10
It was a commanding display from the Manchester City player who bossed the midfield with his strength and skills. He got his name on the score sheet.
Maxwell Effiom – 8.5/10
The Enyimba starlet was Nigeria’s most enterprising player as he the took initiative without fear and he netted the team’s opening goal.
Kingsley Michael – 8
Another player who exerted himself on the day as he displayed flashes of the Kingsley Michael who took the Serie B by storm in the 2018/19 season. His set pieces and dribbling skills made him a great performer for the side, not to talk of his delicate pass to Bashiru to score the third goal.
Okechukwu Offia – 8
The striker’s goal was an eye of a deadly poacher as he timed his run very well to finish off an individual move by Utin.
Tijani Mohammed – 6/10
The big man often dropped deep to retrieve the ball. He was hardworking upfront.
Jerome Adams Akor – 6/10
Akor ran into channels and looked to steal behind the defence. He should have put one chance away.
Success Makanjuola – 6/10
The Water FC winger clearly showed that he’s a real left footer with his direct approach. He menaced the opposition. The petit lad didn’t have much time to offer more.
Nnamdi Ofoborh – 5/10
The AFC Bournemouth enforcer was introduced to shore up the midfield as the win was already in the bag and he did just that without any trouble.