Kelechi Iheanacho was the star act as Nigeria comfortably beat Liberia 2-0 in a Group C World Cup qualification match on Friday.
Below are the ratings of Super Eagles in Lagos.
Maduka Okoye – 6
Maduka was confident behind the sticks with two saves. Cape Verde Islands will surely give the Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper a proper test on September 7.
Ola Aina – 6
Did not do anything wrong in his performance but neither did he provide a compelling case to be considered Nigeria’s number one number two. The battle for this particular position will be long-lasting.
Leon Balogun – 5
Barely tested defensively but made some mistakes at the back. Balogun vs Ryan Mendes will be an intriguing subplot on Tuesday night.
William Troost-Ekong – 7.5
Seemed to be involved in all the moments of physicality during Friday night’s encounter and typically stood up well to the challenge. He surely be a firm fixture for Nigeria in years to come.
Jamilu Collins – 6.5
Lively throughout and was full of running. That said, his contribution faded after the interval, but no matter. Zaidu Sanusi has a rival to contend with.
Wilfred Ndidi – 7.5
The deepest – by a significant distance – of Nigeria’s midfield and it was noticeable just how often Ndidi slotted in and among Balogun and Troost-Ekong to take possession. He was fantastic.
Joe Aribo – 7
Saw plenty of the ball. Deployed further upfield after the break and proved dangerous.
Moses Simon – 8
Deserved an assist for the lovely cross which Victor Osimhen failed to convert and remained Nigeria’s most creative player. There are plenty of options up front for Super Eagles but Simon’s place isn’t in question.
Alex Iwobi – 8
Grew into the game after an early careless pass. But played an important role in the win.
Victor Osimhen – 4
Flop of the match. He was wasteful upfront. The likes of Paul Onuachu and Terem Moffi still have hope.
Kelechi Iheanacho – 9
Another day and a brace to celebrate. Opened the scoring with a clinical strike and doubled the lead when he lashed Iwobi’s inviting assist home. Put another, but far more difficult chance over the bar immediately after the break. A world-class performer who remains Nigeria’s most vital player.
Paul Onuachu – 6
Far more effective than Osimhen. He held the ball well.
Samuel Kalu – 5
Tried to show his quality but couldn’t do anything.
Ahmed Musa – 5
Won his 99th international cap and moved the ball well.
Shehu Abdullahi – 5
Abdullahi pushed up at the right hand side.
Oghenekaro Etebo – N/A
Given a late run as a replacement for Aribo