After a disappointing performance in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, here are Completesports.com’s Super Eagles player ratings against Côte d’Ivoire.
Stanley Nwabali: Pulled off a great save to keep the Eagles in the game when the Ivorians were piling in the pressure.
Ezoic: Couldn’t be faulted for any of the goals as he was left unprotected – 5
Ola Aina: Played one of his worst performance in a Super Eagles shirt as he had no answer to Simon Adingra.
Ezoic: Was easily beaten for pace by Adingra whose cross found Sebastien Haller for the winner – 4
Semi Ajayi: The only player who featured in every minutes for the Eagles and did his bit.
Ezoic: Unfortunately, could do little as the the pressure from the hosts was immense – 6
William Troost-Ekong: Continued his impressive performance as he gave the Eagles the lead with a superb header which unfortunately was not enough.
Ezoic: Marked his brilliant performance with the Player of the Tournament award – 7
Calvin Bassey: Made a timely goal line block to preserve the Eagles’ lead unfortunately did not have the best of nights due to the overall poor performance of the team – 6
Zaidu Sanusi: Returned to the starting line-up but had a game to forget as he had a hand in both of Côte d’Ivoire’s goals.
Ezoic: Was in no man’s land for the equaliser and his poor attempt to close down Franck Kessie proved costly.
Also, his poor clearance off a long pass helped the hosts capitalize which led to the second goal – 4
Frank Onyeka: Put in his shift as usual but could not do anything to help contain the wave after wave of attack from the hosts.
Ezoic: Should be proud of his overall performance for the Eagles – 6
Alex Iwobi: Failed to raise his game as he was no where close to his best as he was guilty of needlessly giving the ball away and offered nothing going forward – 4
Samuel Chukwueze: Was a surprise inclusion in the first half but was rightly replaced early in the second half as he offered nothing to the team – 4
Ademola Lookman: Was not at his best for the second game running and was rightly replaced.
Ezoic: Should still be proud of his overall performance in a team that was not given a chance prior to the start of the competition- 5
Victor Osimhen: Had a game to forget as he had nothing to feed on due to lack of service.
Ezoic: Was eventually put out of his misery as he was pulled out – 5
Moses Simon: Was surprisingly left out of the starting line-up and could not do much when he eventually came on for the disappointing Chukwueze- 5
Kelechi Iheanacho: Almost equalised for the Eagles but saw his shot blocked inside the box.
Ezoic: Did everything possible to drag the Eagles back into the game but his effort was futile -5
Terem Moffi: Made his second appearance in the competition as a substitute but could not help salvage anything – 5
Alhassan Yusuf: Was brought on to help stabilize the Eagles’ midfield but was overwhelmed by the occasion.
Ezoic: Will use the AFCON 2023 as a learning experience going forward moving forward in the Eagles – 5
Joe Aribo: Was also introduced into the game but just like his previous performance failed to make any meaningful impact – 5.