The Super Eagles of Nigeria have won their second game at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations. This is following their 1-0 win over Guinea on Wednesday.
With the win the country has become the first team at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, to book a spot in the last 16.
Before the match, the Nigerian national team were already leading in Group B, following their 1-0 win over Burundi last weekend.
However, Gernot Rohr’s men found it tough against the Syli Stars, who had Naby Keita in their ranks from the start.
The breakthrough arrived in the second half after Kenneth Omeruo rose highest to head home Moses Simon’s cross.
Nigeria now have six points, ahead of their final group fixture against debutants, Madagascar.
Below are the individual performance of the players:
Omeruo, Man of the Match: The defender, who spent last season on loan at Leganes from Chelsea, was in sparkling form against Guinea. Solid at the back, Omeruo proved decision at the other end of the pitch, rising highest to head in the winner. A lot of fans and pundits were surprised he kept his place ahead of Troost-Ekong, to partner the returning Leon Balogun. But on the strength of today’s performance, he justified his selection.
The Iwobi conundrum: Following the victory over Burundi, there were widespread calls for Rohr to drop skipper John Obi Mikel and start Alex Iwobi as a no. 10. The German listened and made the change. But the Arsenal man was a huge let down overall. He was jittery and clumsy all through the first half and only improved a bit after the break. The search for his uncle Jay Jay Okocha’s replacement is still on.
Akpeyi much better: Although it took the Kaizer Chiefs’ stopper just two minutes to flap at his first ball, he produced a much more assured performance. Credit has to be given to the Omeruo-Balogun axis in front of him, that served as a wall of resistance.
Kick Keita Out: Paul Put started the Liverpool midfielder against the Super Eagles, hoping that he would pull the strings against the three-time champions. Instead, Keita was given a kick around by Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo and hardly stayed on his feet to influence the game. Jurgen Klopp must have been grinding his teeth, as his man kept falling and rolling around in agony. He was eventually substituted off.
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