The Super Eagles of Nigeria were forced to a 1-1 draw by five times World Cup winners Brazil in an international friendly played in Singapore to help both teams prepare for their upcoming competitive engagements.
Nigeria took the lead in the first half through Joe Aribo before Casemiro levelled for Brazil after the half time break. Our correspondent rates the players on parade for Nigeria in the game.
Francis Uzoho – Solid display from the on loan Deportivo La Coruna shot stopper. Made two very good saves to deny Firmino and later Gabriel Jesus. Went off injured after a collision with Casemiro from the only error he made in the game when he misjudged the flight of a cross into the box….. 7/10
Chidozie Awaziem – Man of the match. Didn’t lose a single tackle and covered up nicely for the central defenders. His confidence and link up play when on the ball was also eye catching. A vastly improved player from when he first made his debut for Nigeria……8.5/10
Jamilu Collins – Did very well in preventing crosses from coming in from his flank. Defended with confidence and was very alert to the threat of the Brazilians particularly in the second half…… 7/10
William Troost-Ekong – Solid in aerial duels and tackles but need to work on his movement and passes. Lost Firmino twice but recovered brilliantly to put a block in. Deserve the captain armband for his commitment…… 7.5/10
Semi Ajayi – Put in a very commanding shift at the rear alongside Ekong in central defence. Read and intercepted play with ease. Moved the ball out of the back nicely and also dominated at both ends from set piece. The major highlight of his game was a goal line clearance in the second half which was gathered by Okoye……. 8/10
Wilfred Ndidi – Not quite at his level but still won possession for Nigeria particularly when Brazil look set to threaten. He however gave away possession cheaply and tired out a bit earlier than the rest players…… 6.5/10
Joe Aribo – Slowly becoming a huge fan favorite with his second goal in as many games for the senior national team of Nigeria. Covered lot of grounds just like Ndidi and his positional awareness helped in keeping Brazil at bay when they try to play on the counter…… 7/10
Alex Iwobi – A sluggish display not close to his usual level. Aside from helping in defending most times he didn’t impose himself on the game like he did in the 2-2 friendly against Ukraine…… 6/10
Moses Simon – Played very close to Dani Alves to stop the ex Barcelona defender from his usual overlapping runs. Set up Aribo for the first goal with a nice first touch before laying the ball on the plate for Aribo to finish……. 8/10
Samuel Chukwueze – Too quick for Lodi and that helped him get away from his marker easily. He was a constant threat all through the game and if not for poor decision making in the box he could have scored a goal base on how he played…… 8/10
Victor Osimhen – Ran the channels brilliantly and troubled the duo of Marquinhos and Thiago Silva with his combination of pace, power and skills. Had the game first shot on target with a smart turn in the box. His run and inch perfect cross to Simon started the move that led to the goal scored by Nigeria…… 7/10
Paul Onuachu – Once again failed to transfer his form at his club to the national team. Wasted possession that could have resorted into a chance for Nigeria. Time is running out on the beanpole forward in the Super Eagles……. 4/10
Ramon Azeez – His energy helped the Eagles see off the last few minutes of the game. Put in a shift defensively probably that was what he was brought in to do……. 5/10
Dennis Emmanuel Bonaventure – Failed to track Alves twice but was lucky that it didn’t lead to a goal. Obviously eager to impress and that made him to play below his level…….. 4/10
Maduka Okoye – Plucked two high balls from his box with confidence. Justified the decision of Rohr to pick him ahead of Ikechukwu Ezenwa. Didn’t look out of place at all.
Shehu Abdullahi – Didn’t get involved enough to warrant a rating.
Peter Olayinka – He will wish for more time on the pitch next time because he was anonymous for the time he was on. Not enough to earn a rating.