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How the Super Eagles fared against Guinea Bissau



How the Super Eagles fared against Guinea Bissau

Nigeria’s Super Eagles claimed a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Guinea-Bissau in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Monday, with a mixed bag of performances from the team.

Goalkeeper Francis Uzoho put in a solid display, earning a 6.5 rating out of 10, despite one lapse of concentration. He kept a clean sheet and picked up a yellow card late on for time wasting.

Kenneth Omeruo brought poise to the backline but remained a little rusty, earning a 6 rating. He picked up a booking in the first half and was subdued thereafter, although he still adopted a leadership role, encouraging his teammates.

Semi Ajayi was a strong and reassuring aerial presence, earning a 6.5 rating, although he was not always smooth in possession.

Bright Osayi-Samuel was a standout performer, earning an 8 rating. His adventurous and positive movement caused problems for Guinea-Bissau, and he was responsible for earning the penalty that ultimately gave Nigeria the lead.

Zaidu Sanusi had a lackluster performance, earning a 5 rating, and questions have been raised about his fitness.

Frank Onyeka worked hard and ultimately protected the backline, earning a 6.5 rating, but he appeared to lack sharpness and full fitness.

Alex Iwobi didn’t look comfortable in a midfield two, earning a 6 rating, although he appeared to relish having less responsibility when moved to the right flank.

Moses Simon gave Nigeria a first-half lead from the penalty spot and his arrival in the starting XI appeared to give Nigeria more impetus and drive, earning a 7.5 rating.

How the Super Eagles fared against Guinea Bissau How the Super Eagles fared against Guinea Bissau

Samuel Chukwueze had a poor outing, earning a 3.5 rating. He was accused of selfishness and failing to play in Osimhen when the goal beckoned. This was another performance where he struggled with the basics, and his consistency abandoned him.

Terem Moffi earned a 6.5 rating after being introduced instead of Kelechi Iheanacho. He had an opportunity in the first half, but his shot was blocked, and he failed to hit the target with any of his three attempts.

Victor Osimhen missed a chance on the hour mark, having set the tone by sending a header wide early on. He earned a 6 rating and had a frustrating outing, hitting the target with only two of his seven shots.

Joe Aribo was introduced for Moffi with half an hour to play, earning a 5.5 rating.

Overall, Nigeria put in a mixed performance, with some standout individual displays but also some lackluster performances. The Super Eagles will hope to improve as they continue their Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.