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S/Eagles Player Ratings: Osimhen, Bassey, Aina Shine, Iwobi, Zaidu Struggle In Win Against CIV

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The Super Eagles ended their winless run with a hard fought 1-0 win against Côte d’Ivoire in Group A of the AFCON 2023. It was a far better performance compared to their disappointing opener against Equatorial Guinea.

Following the win against the Ivorians, here is Completesports.com’s ratings on the Eagles players performance.

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Stanley Nwabali
Faced his first real competitive test in the Super Eagles shirt and was impressive throughout.

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Made two big first half saves and always looked assured when coming out for aerial balls – 7

Ola Aina
Was defensively solid in the entirety of the encounter as the Ivorians could not penetrate is own side of the backline – 7

Seyi Ajayi
Put in a top perform in central defence as he contributed heavily in shutting out the hosts attack – 7

William Troost-Ekong
Stepped up to convert the penalty as he sent the keeper the wrong way and was near to perfection in his control of the backline – 8

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Calvin Bassey
The home side forwards found no joy coming up against him as there was no way through him – 7

Zaidu Sanusi
Almost gifted Côte d’Ivoire the opening goal with a poor clearance but had Nwabali to thank.

Also was guilty of needlessly giving the ball to the opposition – 5

Alex Iwobi
Played more of a withdrawn role but could not really influence anything – 5

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Frank Onyeka
Put in a real shift in the defensive midfield position making important interceptions- 6

Samuel Chukwueze
Set up Osimhen for the first chance of the game which the striker failed to convert.

Was also guilty of some wayward passes and missed a good chance from a counter – 6

Ademola Lookman
A threat going forward with his dazzling runs and constantly committing the home team players – 7

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Victor Osimhen
Had a great chance to open the scoring from a Chukwueze pass but volleyed over the bar.

His constant harassment of Côte d’Ivoire’s backline led to him being fouled leading to the penalty being awarded – 9

Substitutes:

Moses Simon
Came on to help in the attack and he also carried out his defensive duties well – 6

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Bright Osayi-Samuel
Made a brilliant solo run into the box from his half only to see his attempted shot blocked – 6

Kenneth Omeruo
Came in to help solidify the defence and his wealth of experience was on display as the Eagles saw out the game – 6

Paul Onuachu
Was a handful for the home team defence as they found it difficult to dislodge him off the ball instead kept fouling him – 6

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