IMPRESSIVE: Super Eagles Rating Player-By-Player Vs Uganda

IMPRESSIVE:  Super Eagles Rating Player-By-Player Vs Uganda

Completesportsnigeria.com’s ADEBOYE AMOSU appraises the performance of Super Eagles players in the 0-0 draw with the Cranes of Uganda in Tuesday’s international friendly encounter at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

DANIEL AKPEYI 6/10

The Chippa United of South Africa goalkeeper was virtually on holiday in the game as the Ugandans didn’t offer much in attack against the Super Eagles.

BRYAN IDOWU 6/10

Deployed as a right-back for the first time in a Super Eagles shirt. Idowu was solid defensively but didn’t contribute much to the Super Eagles’ attacking play.

SEMI AJAYI 7/10

Made two important interceptions that would have resulted into goals. The centre-back didn’t do his chances of future call-ups any harm.


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JOHN OGU 6/10

Started the game as a centre-back before been moved into midfield in the second half and gave a solid display all through.

JAMILU COLLINS 7/10

Collins is gradually making the Super Eagles’ left-back position his own. He posted another impressive display. The Paderbon of Germany defender kept Uganda captain, Emmanuel Okwi quiet for most of the game.

OGHENEKARO ETEBO 6/10

Etebo was substituted after the break, making way for William Troost-Ekong. Combined effectively with the duo of Mikel Agu and Alex Iwobi in midfield.

MIKEL AGU 7/10

Got the chance to stake claim for a shirt in the team after missing out on a place in the squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and gave a spirited display in the encounter. He was unlucky not to score the winning goal nine minutes from time.

ALEX IWOBI 7/10

Gave an improved performance from Saturday’s game against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa. He was substituted late on by Henry Onyekuru.

SAMUEL CHUKWUEZE 8/10

A superb performance from the Villarreal forward who made his international debut for the Super Eagles in the game. He was a thorn in the flesh of the Ugandans despite playing only one half.

AHMED MUSA 6/10

The stand-in captain didn’t make much impact in the game as expected. He was replaced by Moses Simon in the second half.

VICTOR OSIMHEN 5/10

Toiled hard to impress without much success. Missed a good chance to score the game’s opening goal from a Samuel Chukwueze corner kick in the first half.

SUBSTITUTES

SAMUEL KALU 6/10
A lively performance from the Bordeaux of France man who caused problems for the Ugandans following his half-time introduction for the lively Samuel Chukwueze.

ISAAC SUCCESS 5/10

Failed to much impact following his introduction for the ineffective Victor Osimhen after the break.

WILLIAM TROOST-EKONG 6/10

Brought more solidity to the Super Eagles defence after coming in for Oghenekaro Etebo.

MOSES SIMON 5/10

Made few incursions into the opposition defence after his introduction for Ahmed Musa but soon fizzled out.

HENRY ONYEKURU 4/10
The Galatasary of Turkey forward was largely anonymous in the nine minutes he spent on the pitch.

KELECHI IHEANACHO

Not Rated. He came in as a late replacement for John Ogu

COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 29
  • Takeaways from friendly

    It is clear that the lack of competitive implications dictated the soft-pedal approach of the Super Eagles to this match. Nonetheless, there are some takeaways from the 0:0 draw in Uyo.

    Strength in depth in defence : the defence has adequate cover in case the regulars are unavailable.

    Agu has really improved : if Agu continues this way he will mount a serious challenge to Ndidi’s automatic starting position. Agu will never be able to compete with Ndidi when it comes to covering grounds and winning tackles. However, he seems more assured in position and more likely to score.

    No commanding presence in midfield: For all the resources available to Rohr, I am still of the opinion that he needs to ‘unveil’ an effective and creative attacking midfielder for his team to be ‘complete’. In the meantime, Iwobi is doing a good job and may well develop into the role in months to come. But we need options in that role.

    Kalu here to stay: Kalu is slowly becoming the carbon-copy of Victor Moses in good and bad ways. They both play well as winger/wing-back; they both have dribbling abilities they both draw fouls; and they both fall a lot!

    Akpeyi may have redeemed himself: although he had precious little to do, so long as the Super Eagles will have 3 Goalkeepers, Akpeyi’s performance today cemented his position as the undisputed number 3 of the Super Eagles. He didn’t look his jittery self. Theophelous still has a lot to do to displace any of Uzoho, Ezenwa or Akpeyi.

    Finally, 2 things can be the downfall of the Super Eagles next year in Cameroon: 1) Overconfidence and 2) Complacency.

  • Chairmanfemi 4 weeks ago

    I disagree with CSN rating of Iwobi. He was his old self today. I rather give him 6/10. Also, it crystal clear the writer is not a fan of Oshimen even tagging him “Ineffective Oshimen”. He was a threat to the Ugandan defence all through the first half and would have gotten a goal had it been he stayed a little longer. Unlike Isaac Success that made no impact in the game and only had 1 shot all through the 45 mins. Finally, MIKEL AGU is my MOTM

    • Ash Williams 3 weeks ago

      Agu is better than Ndidi. That Ndidi is massively overrated sef. Was it not you who insulted me for clamouring for the invitation of Mikel Agu?

      • @Ash Williams, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!. this is the funniest comment I have heard on this forum.There is something called an “X factor” or Star Player then you get a normal player or good player, please my dear friend never you mention Ndidi and Agu in the same breath again. Have some respect for the Gem that is Wilfred Ndidi.

      • Dr. Drey 3 weeks ago

        Hehehehehhe……
        Ndidi has played 156 matches in Europe (13489 minutes of football in total) scored 12 goals and 8 assists from defensive midfield in just 4 seasons all in the top division and currently valued at 30m euros
        .

        Agu has played 132 matches (10301 mins)…including porto B in the 2nd division…socred 5 goals and 3 assists in 7 seasons from the SAME defensive midfield position and currently valued at just 2m euros.
        .
        Please I need to know you own definition of BETTER.
        .
        wwwDOTtransfermarktDOTcom/wilfred-ndidi/leistungsdatendetails/spieler/274839
        .
        wwwDOTtransfermarktDOTcom/mikel-agu/leistungsdatendetails/spieler/148489

  • Nicolsen 4 weeks ago

    I have been a critic of Agu but after that performance today, i guesx i would be looking forward to seeing him in another game. Consistency is key guys.

    I would score Osihme 6, he added more value than isaac. Onyekuru, iheanacho are now becoming waste of space.

    • @Nicolsen Please when you comment use your brain, Onyekuru has NOT!!!!!! been given a chance to showcase what he can do. The waste is your stupid coach Rohr who is tactfully dead.Otherwise How do you explain him taking off the best player on the pitch Samuel Chukwueze and replacing him with Samuel Kalu leaving Ahmed Musa on the pitch. I mean really we all know what Musa can do but in that game it Samuel Chukwueze waS THE ONLY PLAYER KNOCKING ON UGANDA’S DOOR. When He went off our attacking spark died If Rohr was a good coach Musa played a huge part against Bafana Bafana he would have removed him brought in Kalu or Onyekuru for him(Musa) and left your best attacker (Samuel Chukwueze) on the pitch to terrorise the Ugandan Defence but then again Rohr is tactfully dead…/Please leave Onyekuru alone a good coach would know how to utilize this boys immense talent because he is doing alot more than your Ahmed Musa and Samuel Kalu abroad, Moreover Juventus and Barcelona would not be after him if he wasn’t.

      • Nicolsen 3 weeks ago

        @ugo everyone is entitled u their own opinion but since u choose to be insultive abt it. Its very obvious that u are a fool and father is a bastard for coming to type trash on my strap to show how lame ur family tree is as well as ur ancestors and descendants.
        Dumb ass bastard.

  • Hw is onyenkuru becoming a waste.d guy has simply not been given d chance to grow.

    • Nicolsen 3 weeks ago

      @tony i just feel he hasnt had enough to offer even if u give him an entire 90mins.

      If he were good enough Everton wont loan him out for this long.

      I just feel that he aint pulling his entire weight in d team. Thats my submission.

      • onwajunior 3 weeks ago

        @Nicolsen, Everton loaned him out because they couldn’t get work permit for him. Clubs such as Bayern and PSG are looking to buy him and Everton wants to cash in if they don’t get work permit for him next season. Check out this link https://en.onefootball.com/bayern-munich-keen-on-evertons-henry-onyekuru/
        I also don’t think that he is in Rohr’s plan. I think Rohr is only trying to help him get the necessary international game time that he requires to obtain UK work permit that is why he plays him in every match even if it’s just for 5mins.

  • Mikel Agu 9/10 if not 10/10 self.attacking, defending,everywhere in the pitch,and CSN is giving him 7/10,and rating Chukwueze that only played first half above him.

  • CSN if u want to rate, rate well…was it de back of tv u watch?? 1st hlf ratin…vosimhen8) chukwueze8) musa5) iwobi4) etebo5.5) agu8) collhns5,5) ajayi8) idowu6,5) ogu6,5) 2nd hlf ratin…success4) simon6) kalu8) onyekuru5,5) ekong7,5) akpeyi indeed was on holiday so he got (6)

  • Dr. Drey 3 weeks ago

    Hehehehehhe……
    Ndidi has played 156 matches in Europe (13489 minutes of football in total) scored 12 goals and 8 assists from defensive midfield in just 4 seasons all in the top division and currently valued at 30m euros
    .

    Agu has played 132 matches (10301 mins)…including porto B in the 2nd division…socred 5 goals and 3 assists in 7 seasons from the SAME defensive midfield position and currently valued at just 2m euros.
    .
    Please I need to know you own definition of BETTER.
    .
    wwwDOTtransfermarktDOTcom/wilfred-ndidi/leistungsdatendetails/spieler/274839
    .
    wwwDOTtransfermarktDOTcom/mikel-agu/leistungsdatendetails/spieler/148489

  • they shld giv chukwueze or agu de no10 role to play. iwobi is now playin nonsense. he is now claimmin too big. iwobi should try and change or else i wil be from his nomber 1 fans to his nomber 1 criticizer…just as i did to moses for desame attitude.

  • With the following players doing well last night there are some Super Sagles players who should be worried for their places.

    Ajayi May take Balogun’s starting place and will be challenging Omeruo
    Mikel Agu should displace Onazi permanently
    Chukwueze might retire Iheanacho from the team
    Osimhen might replace Success.

    I see pairings for the Seychelles game of:
    Defence: Ajayi and Troost with Omeruo and Balogun back up
    Midfield: Ndidi and Agu with Etebo and Ogu backup
    Attack: Chukwueze and Osimhen as back up to Ighalo and Kalu.

     Hukwueze can also backup Iwobi in the attacking midfield position

    • Anuka (the mechanic) Orikanbody 3 weeks ago

      Mikel Agu should displace Ndidi permanently.

      • Dr. Drey 3 weeks ago

        hahahaha….the hand of esau but the voice of jacob..!

      • Hahaha, the name “the mechanic” is apt. Ndidi is our lynchpin that holds the midfield together.
        We missed him in the South Africa game and we could have done with him yesterday.
        Like it or not, there is no better Nigerian defensive midfielder out there today.
        Onazi is losing his spot in the team.
        Ndidi and Agu will pay together against the Seychelles mark my words. Etebo and Ogu will be on the bench.
        The team is almost complete. All we need now is another very good left back and another number 10 and we will have a full squad capable of mounting a serious challenge for the AFCON title

  • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

    It’s impossible for Chukwueze to retire Iheanacho from the SuperEagles. They can only compliment each other going forward. Success and Osimhen can also compliment each other in a two man attack in the long run. Just like the days of Yekini and Amokachi. Uganda are yet to concede a goal in the qualifiers and the SuperEagles have struggled against them in recent times, so they’re a force to be reckoned with. The best player on display yesterday was Semi Akayi. The way he initiates play from deep is fascinating. Agu was ok but not overly fantastic. He misplaced some key passes, but he run himself ragged for the team. I don’t think he’s better than most of the midfielders we’ve had, but an option only good for the bench. Ndidi, Etebo, Iwobi will be first names in the middle or Ndidi, Mikel, Iwobi. Ajayi is the long term replacement for Balogun. Ovie Ejaria to me is the long term replacement for Mikel. The gaffer needs to cast his net wide for more midfield options. 

    • “in the long run”, that will be after Ighalo has retired from international football. Possibly after AFCON 2019.

      Looking at a squad of 23 (3 goalkeepers and two players for each position) this is where we are now starting from the front:

      Centre forward: Ighalo and Osimhen
      Left wing: Musa and either Simon or Onyekuru
      Right wing: Kalu and Chukwueze
      AM: Iwobi and (?) Maybe Chukwueze
      DM: Ndidi and Agu (sub:Ogu and Etebo)
      LB: Collins and Idowu
      CB: Troost and Omeruo (sub: Balogun and Ajayi)
      RB: Ebuehi (when fit in Feb)/Aina (sub: when fit Shehu)
      GK: the trio of Uzoho, Ezenwa and Akpeyi

      Oya change that squad and insert Iheanacho

      • Ayphillydegreat 3 weeks ago

        We’ll be here to see how that pans out. Agu can never bench Etebo. Ogu and Agu will most likely continue to justle for one spot pending another great discovery. Chukwueze and Osimhen will have to continue to be consistent between now and June to make the AFCON squad. I told you they will only get their chances against Uganda and I was spot on. It will be hard to drop Success from the AFCON squad unless if injured or totally out of form. The same applies to Iheanacho it will take a total collapse of form for Iheanacho to be dropped. Experience and pedigree can never be ignored. Ighalo too can fade out between now and then. I still believe Osimhen and Chukwueze will be more valuable to the U20 and U23. Although I expect one of them to make the AFCON squad. Most of the squad that went to Russia with maybe about two or three additions or replacement will be the AFCON squad guaranteed.

        • Helen #the hairdresser# Animashaun 3 weeks ago

          Nice one

          • Dr. Drey 3 weeks ago

            ahahaha….the hand of esau but the voice of jacob..!

        • *this is where we are now* at this time. With the exception of Ebuehi who is set to return in Feb.
          There is a lot of football to play between now and AFCON, but if they retain form and stay injury free, then no reason why they cannot make the squad.

          If the match against the Seychelles was this side of Xmas, that’s the squad I’d pick

    • Chairmanfemi 3 weeks ago

      In as much as I respect most of your comments,I’ve noticed you to be a very firm fan of Ihenacho whether playing well or not. But AY, it crystal clear Ihenacho’s chance in that team presently is OUT OF FAVOUR. He’s in that team today by luck and as I read from owngoalnigeria maybe because of his understanding with Iwobi on and off the pitch. He’s too heavy, can’t score clear cut chances and can’t create goals either. He’s unimpressive in his club. Unlike other attackers in the team. That how you know he’s still in that team by luck presently and might be displaced from the squad by one of the youngsters in Oshimen and Chukwueze if he doesn’t step up before June 2019 as mentioned by someone above