Nigeria beat South Africa 2-1 to make the semi-final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The victory was the first for the Eagles over Bafana Bafana in six matches in all competitions.
SportingLife delivers unbiased player ratings of the Super Eagles players:
He didn’t have much to do throughout the game except pick the ball from the ball of the net. 5/10
The Chelsea defender was solid and kept it tight at the back. 7/10
The Udinese defender was the hero as he scored the second goal for Nigeria and kept it locked at the back. 7.5/10
Collins made his debut in the 2019 AFCON against South Africa and held his own. 6.5/10.
He has been the revelation of the Nigerian team so far and he continued with a fantastic performance. 7/10
The Stoke City midfielder was magnificent in midfield, cutting out attacks from the Bafana Bafana players and hit the post with a well taken freekick. 8/10
The Leicester City star was solid in midfield and continued to grow a formidable partnership with Etebo in central midfield. 7.5/10
The Arsenal midfielder enjoyed a great match and ran the show in the final third for the Eagles. 8.5
Musa’s pace was a threat throughout until he was substituted but his final ball still needs to improve. 7/10
The 20-year-old Villareal star played without fear and scored his first goal for the Super Eagles on his seventh appearance for the team. Hands down the best player on the pitch. 9/10.
Ighalo did not have his best game but occupied the central defenders of the South Africans which was clever. 6/10
He provided the assist that Ekong scored from but he did not go past his markers like Musa. 5/10
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The Brighton defender was a very late replacement for Alex Iwobi and was not able to show enough to get ratings.N/R