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Nigeria 1-0 Tunisia: Ighalo ranks high despite injury

scoring five goalsIt 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.

Francis Uzoho

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

Ola Aina

The absence of Chidozie Awaziem due to suspension allowed Rohr draft the Torino star into right back and he held his own. 6/10

Jamilu Collins

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

Kenneth Omeruo

He was solid and made interceptions like a boss. 7/10

William Troost-Ekong

The Udinese man was calm and showed good understanding with Omeruo. 7/10

Oghenekaro Etebo

The Stoke midfielder escaped what could’ve been a bad injury as he helped quell the threats of the Tunisians. 6/10.

Wilfred Ndidi

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.

Alex Iwobi

Iwobi gave possession away too many times and did not have a major impact. It wasn’t his best game. 4.5/10.

Ahmed Musa

Again, full of running but lacks the final ball. He was ineffective. 4/10

Samuel Chukwueze

The Villarreal sensation had a long range shot saved but wasn’t dangerous enough to kill the game for Nigeria. 6/10.

Odion Ighalo

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.

Substitutes

Victor Osimhen

The former Golden Eaglets striker replaced Ighalo and added pace to the attack. 4/10.

Moses Simon

The Levante winger replaced Ahmed Musa but had no major impact on the game. 3/10.

Samuel Kalu

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.

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