May 25, 2024

The Super Eagles defeated Cameroon with a bold display at the Stade Félix-Houphouët-Boigny in Ivory Coast with to goals from Ademola Lookman.

Victor Osimhen’s pressure paid off as Jean-Charles Castelletto buckled under the pressure. The Napoli forward then found a neat pass into the path of Lookman, who scored the first goal of the match before Lookman squared home Calvin Bassey’s well-placed cross.

Nigerian athletes as they successfully advanced to the AFCON 2023 championship quarterfinals.

1. The Nwabali Christian 6.8/10: Francis Uzoho substituted him in the final ten minutes after he was fouled twice in rapid succession, preventing the Chippa United from winning the match. Although Nwabali did not make any saves throughout the match, his goalkeeping sweeping skills came in handy whenever Cameroon scored on the break.

2. Aina Ola 7.1/10: The full-back for Nottingham Forest was fierce in his sparring. He was successful in every tackle he attempted and came close to receiving credit for a helper when his perfectly put cross almost found Osimhen. His self-assured purple patch darkened somewhat as he showed off his skill without worrying.

3. William Troost Ekong 7.1/10: The center defender for PAOK had a fantastic defensive showing. It was because of him that Frank Magri was unable to muster even one effort on goal, as the 30-year-old defender cut open routes both in the air and on the ground.

4. Semi Ajayi 7/10: Nine minutes into the match, the West Bromwich Albion defender believed he had given Nigeria the lead, but the goal was disallowed for offside. He played his greatest game since the AFCON campaign began in Ivory Coast, winning every tackle he attempted.

5. Calvin Bassey 7.6/10: Bassey played in multiple positions, alternating between wing-back and central defense. He had the most duels won in the match (13), and his sly cross set up Nigeria’s second goal.

6. Sanusi Zaidu 6/10: The Porto full-back lacked composure in the build-up and was erratic at the back. Because of his overhit crosses, he was substituted for Kenneth Omeruo in the 80th minute.

7. Onyeka Frank 7/10: The Brentford player played a respectable midfield role, staying deep and breathing down Zambo Anguissa’s neck whenever he got a sight of space. In addition, he recovered nine balls.

8. Iwobi Alex 6.9/10: The Fulham player once again played in the middle of the park, but he was unable to score. When the defense was under siege, he worked well and assisted in clearing the coast.

9. Ademola Lookman 8.5/10: The two goals of the match were scored by the Atalanta player. His darts and runs gave the Indomitable Lions’ defense a great deal of trouble. Also, he set up two excellent opportunities and worked brilliantly up front with Victor Osimhen.

 

10. Moses Simon 6.1/10: In 90 minutes of action, the Nantes winger completed just seven passes. It appears that every time he plays for the Super Eagles, despite his great runs, the final result is lacking.

 

11. Victor Osimhen 7.5/10: The Napoli forward posed a constant threat to the Cameroonian central defense the whole match. After winning the ball for the Super Eagles with an early press on Jean-Charles Castelletto, he produced a cushioned pass to put up Ademola Lookman for the opener

Alternatives

Kenneth Omeruo 5.5/10: The Kasimpasa defender gave Jose Peseiro’s team more experience at the back. His entrance forced Bassey to come forward, which resulted in the second goal.

Francis Uzoho: With 10 minutes remaining, the Omonia S.C. goalkeeper replaced the injured Nwabali and scarcely touched the ball.

Paul Onuachu and Bright Osayi-Samuel: entered the game in extra time to assist Nigeria win.

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