It was not a vintage final performance from the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) but they did enough to beat the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia 1-0 in the third place match.
Shanghai Shenhua forward, Odion Ighalo scored Nigeria’s winning goal before going off injured in the first half. SportingLife.ng delivers an unbiased x-ray of the Eagles’ bronze-winning performance.
He is one of the 20 debutants Gernot Rohr took to AFCON. The Deportivo La Coruña goalkeeper made his debut and impressed with a strong showing. 6/10
The absence of Chidozie Awaziem due to suspension allowed Rohr draft the Torino star into right back and he held his own. 6/10
He was the busier of the full backs and made some strong tackles. Also, he provided the cross that led to Ighalo’s goal. 5.5
He was solid and made interceptions like a boss. 7/10
The Udinese man was calm and showed good understanding with Omeruo. 7/10
The Stoke midfielder escaped what could’ve been a bad injury as he helped quell the threats of the Tunisians. 6/10.
The Leicester City midfielder gave away a foul close to the Eagles 18-yard box just like he did against Algeria and wasn’t as solid as usual. 5/10.
Iwobi gave possession away too many times and did not have a major impact. It wasn’t his best game. 4.5/10.
Again, full of running but lacks the final ball. He was ineffective. 4/10
The Villarreal sensation had a long range shot saved but wasn’t dangerous enough to kill the game for Nigeria. 6/10.
Ighalo scored his fifth goal of the tournament and showed desire to win the topscorer gong but injury forced him to be substituted at the stroke of half-time. 6.5/10.
The former Golden Eaglets striker replaced Ighalo and added pace to the attack. 4/10.
The Levante winger replaced Ahmed Musa but had no major impact on the game. 3/10.
He came on and tested the goalkeeper with two brilliant freekicks which were both saved but it was enough to give him a high rating. 6/10.