SCORECARD: How Super Eagles World Cup 30 Have Fared This Season

SCORECARD: How Super Eagles World Cup 30 Have Fared This Season

Ahead of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Completesportsnigeria.com’s JOHNNY EDWARD presents the scorecards of the 30 Super Eagles players listed in the preliminary squad by Gernot Rohr…

GOALKEEPERS:

Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna, Spain)

Francis Uzoho is a surebet for the 2018 FIFA World Cup barring any last minute injury. The 19-year-old has been outstanding for Deportivo La Coruna’s Team B, Deportivo Fabril, who are in contention for a Segunda Division promotion. The Nigeria international has kept 15 clean sheets for RC Deportivo Fabril this season in 25 games. The 19 year old shot-stopper has conceded 17 goals so far this term for RC Deportivo Fabril who finished second in the Spanish third tier, the Segunda B division, in the regular season.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 25
Goals conceded: 17
Clean sheets: 15

Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba FC):

Ikechukwu Ezenwa’s recent injury worries, loss of form and experience at the big stage may have cost him the No.1 spot. The Enyimba of Aba goalkeeper did himself good grabbing his chance when Daniel Akpeyi sustained an injury in training prior to the World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in Uyo where he kept a clean sheet. He is expected to be the second choice goalkeeper at the Mundial.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 5
Goals conceded: 6
Clean sheets: 1

Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa)

Nigeria’s most experienced goalkeeper in the squad is Daniel Akpeyi but a poor outing against South Africa last year has seen him drop down in the pecking order. He needs to regain the trust of the coaching crew if he is to reclaim his place, as Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Francis Uzoho are reportedly ahead of him.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 25
Goals conceded: 18
Clean sheets: 11

 Dele Ajiboye (Plateau United)

Dele Ajiboye’s superb performances in two appearances at the 2018 African Nations Championship in January have seen the Plateau United goalkeeper get back into reckoning in the senior national team.

Ajiboye has the wealth of experience to compete against the likes of Francis Uzoho, Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Daniel Akpeyi having featured for the U-17s, U-20s and U-23s. However, he will be lucky to nick a spot on the plane to Russia as he is the dark horse in this department.

2018 STATS

Club: Plateau United

Clean sheets: 3

Goals conceded: 21

Games played: 19

DEFENDERS:

Abdullahi Shehu (Anthorsis Famagusta/ Bursaspor FC, Turkey):

Shehu’s recent form for Turkish Super Lig side Bursaspor makes him the first choice at right-back considering the recent sidelining of Tyronne Ebuehi who was earlier tipped to displace him from the position.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 33
Assists: 2
Goals scored: 1

Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag, The Netherlands)

Tyronne Ebuehi’s form has dipped and he has battled with injury in recent weeks and he must show more than zeal and vigour in to make the final 23 man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He failed to build on his impressive debut performance for the Super Eagles against Argentina in their 4-2 win over Argentina when he fumbled in the team’s 2-0 defeat to Serbia in London in March.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 28
Assists: 2
Goals scored: None

Ola Aina (Hull City, England)
Ola Aina will be a good squad addition to the Super Eagles at the World Cup due to his versatility. He is one of the few Nigeria players named in the provisional squad list to have played over 40 league games this season, having played the most games for his English Championship side Hull City. Aina can play comfortably as a full-back on either flank.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 46
Assists: 3
Goals scored: 1

Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV, Belgium)

Elderson Echiejile got few games under his belt after he joined Belgian second division club Cercle Brugge KSV on loan in January. They gained promotion to the elite division. Despite being the most experienced defender in the current Super Eagles squad, Echiejile still has the youthful Ola Aina and Bryan Idowu to battle with for the left-back position.

2017/18 stats:
Total games played: 12
Assists: 1
Goals scored: None.

Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm, Russia)
Bryan Idowu boosted his chances of making the final cut for the 2018 World Cup in Russia by posting a decent shift for the Super Eagles in their friendlies against Poland and Serbia.

2017/18 stats:
Total games played: 30
Assist: Nil
Goals scored: 1

Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC, France)

Chidozie Awaziem struggled in his last game for Super Eagles in their 2-0 defeat to Serbia. The inclusion of Stephen Eze in the provisional squad will make his chances of making the final cut tougher.

2017/18 stats:
Total games played: 23
Assist: None
Goals scored: 1

William Troost-Ekong (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)

William Troost-Ekong is another sure bet for the World Cup in Russia barring injury. The centre-back has formed a formidable partnership with Leon Balogun in the heart of the Super Eagles defence. He has been consistent for club and country for the past 10 months.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 31
Assists: None
Goals scored: 2

 

Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany)

Leon Balogun’s season has been plagued with several injuries in the German Bundesliga with FSV Mainz, but what he brings to the team surpasses what the most of the other defenders can offer. The medical team will be at their best to ensure the 29-year-old regains full fitness before their high profile game against England on the 2nd of June.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 15
Assist: None
Goals scored: None

Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa FC, Turkey):
Kenneth Omeruo is in a straight fight with Chidozie Awaziem and Stephen Eze for one of the two available spots as back-up for William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun who are the team’s first choice centre-back pairing. The Chelsea loanee has been consistent for Turkish club Kasimpasa but it remains to be seen if he will make the final squad.

2017/18 stat:
Total games played: 28
Assist: None
Goals scored: 1

Stephen Eze (Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria)

Stephen Eze will be eager to impress if he does get his chance with the Super Eagles. He is yet to make his debut for the main Super Eagles squad after excelling with the home-based team at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in January. His height is a big advantage for him but he faces stiff competition from the experienced defenders in his position.

2017/18 stat
Total games played: 11
Assists: Nil
Goals scored: Nil

MIDFIELDERS

Mikel Obi (Tianjin Teda, China)

Mikel Obi remains the brain box of the team, his influence and wealth of experience playing at the highest level with Chelsea before his move to China over a year ago will be looked upon for inspiration when the going gets tough in Russia.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 10
Assist: 2
Goals scored: 1

Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor FC, Turkey)

Fit-again Ogenyi Onazi will be heavily relied upon to screen every danger from the midfield. The tireless midfielder is one of Gernot Rohr’s trusted men in midfield.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 23
Assists: 2
Goals scored: 3

Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England)

Wilfred Ndidi was one of the most consistent players for club and country in the last one year. But his hamstring injury could mean the 21 year old may struggle to reach his best level. The medical team of the Super Eagles have assured that the Leicester City midfielder will be ‘super fit’ for the World Cup but the biggest question is if he will be in form for the Super Eagles when he anchors in midfield.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 38
Assists: 4
Goals scored: 1

Oghenekaro Etebo (Feriense/Las Palmas, Spain)

Oghenekaro Etebo is another player battling to be fully fit for the World Cup after a muscle strain made him miss Las Palmas’ last two games. The midfielder has been immense for Las Palmas who suffered relegation at the end of the season.

2017/18 stat
Total games played: 29
Assists: 3
Goals scored: 4

John Ogu (Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Israel)

The 29-year-old John Ogu will be brimming in confidence when he reports at the Le Meridien Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo on Monday, 21st May in preparation for the 2018 World Cup. Ogu is the only player in the provisional squad to have won a league title this season. Having missed out on the provisional squad to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Ogu will give it everything to make it to Russia.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 31
Assists: None
Goals scored: 2

Uche Agbo (Standard Liege, Belgium)

Uche Agbo has been a top performer for his Belgian club Standard Liege but that seems not to have swayed Gernot Rohr in any way to hand him a debut for the past one year. The final preparatory games for the World Cup will offer him an outside chance of nicking a place in the final 23-man squad to Russia.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 39
Assists: 3
Goals scored: 1

Joel Obi (Torino FC, Italy)
If Joel Obi can overcome his injury worries in training it will be difficult to drop him for either of John Ogu, Oghenekaro Etebo, Mikel Agu and Uche Agbo in a midfield department where the Super Eagles are spoilt for choice. Aside from Mikel Obi, Joel Obi is the most experienced Nigerian midfielder around and he plays in one of the top leagues in Europe.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 25
Assists: 2
Goals scored: 6

Mikel Agu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey)
Gernot Rohr has so much faith in Mikel Agu, a reason why he has always been called up unless injured. He did not finish the season on a good note as he lost his place at Bursaspor and it remains to be seen if he will make the final squad.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 23
Assists: 2
Goals scored: 3

FORWARDS

Ahmed Musa (Leicester City/CSKA Moscow, Russia)

Ahmed Musa rediscovered his goal scoring form byplaying regularly for CSKA Moscow whom he joined on a six-month loan deal from Leicester City in January. With his confidence back, a couple of decent performances will earn him another World Cup appearance in Russia.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 23
Assists: 6
Goals scored: 9

Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England)

Iheanacho gained momentum with Leicester City towards the end of the English Premier League season, scoring two goals in his last two games he started out as a striker. Ihenacho remains the national team’s most prolific player in the past one year, scoring four goals in seven games for the Super Eagles, though he was a shadow of himself playing in the John Mikel Obi role in Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Poland in Wroclaw in March.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 30
Assists: 4
Goals scored: 9

Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium)

Simon made a return from a knee ligament injury that kept him out of action for two months last Sunday in Gent’s 3-2 loss to KV Oostende. Simon, a tricky winger, was also instrumental in Nigeria 2018 World Cup qualification. He provides width and pace on the flanks for the team.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 23
Assist: 2
Goals scored: 5

Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England)

Victor Moses is arguably one of the biggest names in Gernot Rohr’s 30 man squad; he has been impressive playing as a wing-back for Chelsea for the past two seasons. Moses played crucial roles as the three-time African champions qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup without losing a game. He remains a catalyst in the Eagles attack in Russia.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 36
Assists: 4
Goals scored: 4

Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai, China)

Apart from Odion Ighalo, the Super Eagles do not have lacked a centre forward that could get goals consistently. Despite firing blanks in his last game with Changchun Yatai, the former Watford striker has scored seven goals in 10 league appearances in the Chinese Super League this season.

2018 stats
Total games played: 10
Assists: None
Goals scored: 7

Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England)

Iwobi remains a great hope for Nigeria if he rediscovers the form that shot him to prominence. The 22-year-old has blown hot and cold in games for Arsenal this season to suggest that he can be the missing playmaker the Super Eagles craves for in Russia.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 39
Assists: 7
Goals scored: 3

Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone FC, Italy)

Despite being highly rated in the Italian Serie A with Crotone, Simy Nwankwo remains a dark horse in this list and will have to do the extra ordinary to make it to Russia despite scoring seven times this season for Crotone who need a win to avoid relegation.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 23
Assists: 1
Goals scored: 7

Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars)

Junior Lokosa’s inclusion in the provisional squad list for the World Cup was greeted with mixed feelings. The Nigerian Professional Football League top scorer must continue his form with the Eagles to stand a chance of making the final squad. He must also show his readiness when he gets his chance.

2017/18 stats
Total games played: 21
Assists: 3
Goals scored: 18

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 23
  • Those that could not make to Russia from this SE list are Akpeyi, Echijiele, Chidozie, Agbo, Agu, Joel Obi and Lokosa. This is my prediction baring any injury.

  • So, only Lokosa has scored more than 10 goals, 18 actually! and you think he should be dropped. reason am again nah

    • Paschal 7 months ago

      I dont think Lokosa will make it for the reason I have stated above. Meanwhile apart from Musa, how many of our top league scorers have made it big in Europe in the last ten years? Almost zero. Thats a cause for concern.

      • You raised an important issue, remember Okpotu at the CHAN 2018 finals, a complete misfit. However, if the Ighalo and co fail to come to party in a very crucial match, we may throw in an unknown Lokosa who may shock the world, This has happened at least twice in recent times. We threw in Okechukwu at the CHAN 2018, when Okpotu was busy jogging without sweating, and Faleye was ruled out due to injury. Also, at the 1994 nation cup, we threw in an Amunike that has not played a single match in the final match, he scored the brace that gave Nigeria victory over Zambia … So, Lokosa may not necessarily replace Ighalo, Musa, or Kelechi, but, he could be a surprise, an unknown quality … Scoring 18 goals ain’t such cheap luck …

  • Paschal 7 months ago

    You have said it all. Fact is that Nigerian league has slow defenders and the level of defensive technique in our league may not be as high as the EPL or the Italian league. When Okpotu became highest goal scorer last year, everybody was jubilating only to discover that he was a shadow at the CHAN and by the way, most of his goals in the local league came from penalty kicks. Now can you rate that as a top striker who can compete with German or Italian strikers? Will Lokosa be the same as Okpotu? I dont pray so. Thats why I doubt if he will make the cut to Russia. Lets keep praying for all of them?

  • Ogie samuel 7 months ago

    Make una forget coach go drop lokosa musa was d highest goal scorer prior to d 2010 world cup,lagerback drop am,nor expect mk dem drop musa or simon for lokosa,gud striker but na after world cup

  • Milky 7 months ago

    Forget 18 goals, junior Lokosa will not get into CDKA Moscow, Leicester or Crotone. Rohr will find him out at the training camp. Baring injuries Lokosa will not be in Russia

  • Onyebuchi Charles 7 months ago

    If I am to drop 7 players from the 30 man list… It will be.. Akpeyi,Ebuehi,Awaziem,Onia,Agbo,Agu,Lakosa..

  • Nwaebonyi 7 months ago

    Please @Pascal say what you are sure of

  • Ikeben 7 months ago

    Thanks to CSN for this clear analysis on the chosen ones. It is clear that all were chosen on merit and none of them are bench warmers, rather they are all pillars of their respective clubs. Even the ones who bench warmers in the first half of the season eg. Musa, kelechi, Echejile, made moves to revive their careers, and it paid off.

    I have every reason to believe that this Super Eagles could just be the one we have been waiting for. Honestly any one that makes the 23 deserves our support.

    CSN you omitted, goalkeeper Ajiboye, I prefer him to Akpeyi. If not him the CHAN Eagles could not have made it to the final. He should be our no. 3 goalkeeper. In any case I stand with Rhor

  • Ikeben 7 months ago

    It is true this Super Eagles team may not have the likes of Salah, Messi or Ronaldo, but make no mistake, this Super Eagles can stun any star studed side. Ask Argentina, Cameroon of present or Bulgaria, Spain in the past and they testify that when the Eagle is ready to fly, nothing stands on it’s way. Fly Super Eagles!

  • I stand with Rohr ..goodluck sir

  • ojo samuel 7 months ago

    this could be our own REALITY team as we have stopped dreaming… with a blend of youthfulness and experience…balogun-ekong formidable partnership…mikel-iwobi-etebo creativity ndidi-onazi war ship…and in form moses-musa…I think all is well….pls I need to state some issues in my mind

    1) we need accurate corner kick takers…moses can take the free kicks but all his corner kicks has been low crosses which eventually turns unproductive….if not for ighalo expertise against Cameroon… that ck scored by skippo would have been a waste! maybe etebo , iwobi and shehu should practice corner kicks during camping

    2) set pieces should be a regarded as a cogent issue that must be ironed out

    3) we need a one touch style of play…it was this style that defeated the mighty albiceleste …it was this same style that led to iwobi superb goal against Zambia and this same style led to Mikel goal against Algeria

    4) Mikel agu must not go to Russia…in fact I will not support rohr again if this guy make it…

    5) uzoho and ezenwa has to practice how to control set pieces… Croatia and Iceland major in this…and Iceland has very tall players…uzoho was almost defeated when glik, a polish player played a ball which he punched out wide…it is either he catches the ball or his defenders should quickly intervenes when he punches out any ball

    6) lokosa and ajiboye must get a chance..it is good for our league development as a nation….I am not saying rohr should take them to Russia but he must try them in friendlies… he had failed to try ajayi jnr and Stephen eze in the previous friendlies… how do you rate them if you don’t give them a chance?

    I wish super eagles the best outing ever!

  • OLISAEKEZIE 7 months ago

    INSTEAD OF WRITING OFF LOKOSA WE SHOULD BE ASKING THAT HE SHOULD BE TESTED IN OUR SUBSEQUENT MATCHES. THERE’S NOTHING THAT SAYS THAT GOOD PLAYERS CANNOT BE FOUND IN NIGERIAN LEAGUE. HIS STATS OF 18 GOALS IN 21 MATCHES IS SOMETHING WE’VE NOT SEEN IN ALMOST 2 DECADES. IT’S NOT AS IF WE HAVE OTHER PROLIFIC STRIKERS AVAILABLE.

  • ako amadi 7 months ago

    Of course it is easy to accuse Stephen Keshi of everything now that he has passed away and cannot defend himself. Such is life.

  • Ayphillydegreat 7 months ago

    This is the first time in a long time that the SuperEagles will be going to the Mundial with players playing regularly for their various clubs. I’m only concerned about the ones that are recuperating or just coming back from injury. If everyone can prove their fitness, SuperEagles will shock the world in the land of Putin.

    This team to me is a replica of the 94 team. Maybe not so much in terms of talents. However, in terms of team unity and bonding with a sprinkle of talents here and there we shall overcome Croatia, Iceland and Argentina.

    In 1994 there were 6 significant players that makes the team thick. Yekini, Amokachi, Amunike, JayJay, Oliseh and Finidi. With the Gentle Giant(Uche), Chidi Nwanu and Dodo Mayana(Rufai) complimenting them from the rear. Arguably Africa’s best ever collection of talents. The itself was a joy to behold, Efan Ekoku, Ikpeba, Keshi, Mutiu, SiaOne, and the likes.

    In today’s SuperEagles, in terms of talents we have Moses, Iwobi, Iheanacho, Ndidi(I hope he’d be fit) and General Mikel Obi. With possibly J Obi (I hope he’s in full fitness too), Onazi and the “Splash Brothers”(Ekong and Commander Balogun) complimenting them from the rear.

    Obviously, we might not have the experience of the great Vincent in goal, but I believe in Francis Odinaka Uzoho. Nigeria might’ve found a goalkeeper for the next 15 to 20 years, just as we discovered the great Enyeama in 2002. Whatever happens in Russia I know for sure that my darling SuperEagles will not be intimidated. #FLY LIKE AN EAGLE INTO THE FUTURE#

  • Hilary 7 months ago

    Thanks for the scorecard. It really gave us an insight into the 30-man list. However, I faulted your scorecard on defenders and defensive midfielders. Number of tackles won, interceptions etc will be a better yard stick than goals and assists..

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    Nigeria  1 Iceland 1
    Nigeria  1 agetina 1
    Russia result as revealed by  origi in Saharapooo 

  • Hanif 7 months ago

    Sinx d former website where we lovers of our darling Super eagles are relating ax bn close i av always bn alone..

    So hapi to be here..

    Abt d worldcup i support my team coach 
    Any player he select can do wonders lets pray and support dem….

  • Hanif 7 months ago

    Fly eagles,, Eagles fly