Completesportsnigeria.com's ADEBOYE AMOSU x-rays the performance of the Super Eagles, player-by-player, in their famous 2-1 away win over the Chipolopolo of Zambia – their first Group B match of the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers on Sunday.
CARL IKEME 9/10
Fluffed a cross earlier in the game, but recovered from the unusual setback to post a man of the match performance. Ikeme made a number of vital saves and virtually singlehandedly prevented the Chipolopolo from getting a point from the game.
WILFRED NDIDI 4/10
Handed a starting shirt ahead of the duo of Musa Mohammed and Shehu Abdullahi but failed to justify his selection in the team. The versatile defender looked jittery for most of the game struggling to perform his defensive task well and also failed to join the attack.
KENNETH OMERUO 4/10
His slopping defending allowed the Zambians to score their only goal of the game. Never really hit the high standard he has set in the past with the Super Eagles.
WILLIAM-TROOST EKONG 7/10
The centre- back was Nigeria's best defender in the game. He made a number of vital blocks and coped well against the Chipolopolo forwards.
ELDERSON ECHIEJILE 5/10
Not one of his best games in the green and white colours of Nigeria, but still posted an average performance.
OGENYI ONAZI 5/10
Did well to help the defence, but offered little going forward. He was replaced later by Shehu Abdullahi.
JOHN OBI MIKEL 7/10
Led by example and proved his class once again, although he fizzled out like the other members of the side after the break. He was unlucky not to get a goal in the game after Kennedy Mweene tipped his lovely volley over the bar in the second half
KELECHI IHEANACHO 7/10
Took his goal well and formed a telepathic understanding with Alex Iwobi and John Obi Mikel.
ALEX IWOBI 8/10
The Arsenal winger scored Nigeria's opening goal and was a delight to watch for major part of the game.
MOSES SIMON 4/10
A below par showing from the versatile winger who failed to take his chance following his selection ahead of the more experienced Ahmed Musa.
BROWN IDEYE 5/10
Ideye failed to grab his chance following the absence of first choice forward, Odion Ighalo as he struggled to impose himself in the game although he assisted in Nigeria's second goal scored by Kelechi Iheanacho.
ANDERSON ESITI 4/10
Took the place of Brown Ideye and helped in putting the Zambians in check in the closing stages of the game.
AHMED MUSA 2/10
The Leicester City winger was introduced in the place of Moses Simon late in the game. He had a shot saved by Mweene after joining the fray.