Rio 2016: How U-23 Eagles Rated Vs Japan

Rio 2016: How U-23 Eagles Rated Vs Japan

Completesportsnigeria.com's ADEBOYE AMOSU appraises the individual performances of Nigeria's  Olympic team players –  the U-23 Eagles, in their first Group B match against Japan early Friday morning. Nigeria won the explosive match 5-4, 

EMMANUEL DANIEL 5/10
The Enugu Rangers goalie conceded four goals in the game but still put in a fine performance. He was not at fault for all the goals his side let in.

STANLEY AMUZIE 6/10
Conceded what looked like a contentious penalty in the first half which the Japanese converted for their opening goal. He did well by joining the attack frequently also had an assist.

WiLLIAM TROOST 4/10
Looked shaky for most of the game and will need to improve in subsequent games to justify his inclusion in the team.

SHEHU ABDULLAHI 5/10
Put up an average performance and was part of the defence that conceded four goals in the game.

SINCERE SETH 4/10
Struggled to get going  in the fixture. Obviously not one of his best games for the team.

USMAN MOHAMMED 6/10
A decent performance from the former Taraba United captain.The versatile midfielder was one of Nigeria's top performers in the encounter.

AZUBUIKE OKECHUKWU 6/10
Worked hard as usual and was all over the place. The Turkey based midfielder combined really well with Mohammed in the middle of the park.

JOHN MIKEL OBI 5/10
Never really hit the height expected of him. He was subsituted late in the game by Sadiq Popoola.

IMOH EZEKIEL 8/10
He tormented the Japanese defence from the right side of Nigeria's attack and his shot was parried by the Japanese goalkeeper was calmly converted by Umar Sadiq for the opening goal.

OGHENEKARO ETEBO 9/10
Unarguably the man of the match in the thrilling encounter. Oghenekaro Etebo scored four goals in the game and could have scored more.

SADIQ UMAR 8/10
The forward scored the opener and his pace troubled the Asians all through the encounter.

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SUBSTITUTES
KINGSLEY MADU 3/10
Took the place of Usman Mohammed but did little enough to help the team defensively as they conceded two goals after his introduction.

NDIFREKE UD0 3/10
Came in for the impressive Imoh Ezekiel and just like Madu, did litte to help the team.

SALIU POPOOLA
Did make any impact following his late introduction.

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