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Nigeria Vs Cape Verde: Players Rating

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The Nigeria Super Eagles hopes of participating in the Qatar 2022 World cup was put to a litmus test earlier today in a decider fixture against the ‘Blue Sharks’ of Cape Verde at the Telsim Balogun Stadium, Lagos Nigeria.

Before the game in Nigeria, The Super Eagles in the first fixture had claimed a (2-1) win against the ‘Blue Sharks’ of Cape Verde in their home ground.

First half goal from Victor Osimhen and a first half goal from Cape Verdean defender, Ianique dos Santos Tavares was all the Eagles needed to advance to the Competition next phase.

Regardless the final result, Nigeria players had outstanding performances. Under this piece, we will take a look at the rating of the players owing to their general play.

1. Maduka Okoye (8/10)
The Sparta Rotherham goalkeeper maintained class and showed off reason he commands first team shirt in the Super Eagles team as he came to the rescue of the team on two occasion with brilliant saves.

2. Chidozie Awaziem (8/10)
The Alanyaspor defender still played as one of the Centre backs in the 3-5-2 formation the Super Eagles filed out with against their Cape Verdean opponents.

As usual, Awaziem was at the peak of his game, picking loose balls, making clinical tackles which aided the team to a stalemate at full time, a result that pulled the Eagles through to the next round

3. Leon Balogun (7/10)
The Rangers man improved in his play against Cape Verde unlike the Shaky Balogun we saw against, Liberia in Tangiers at the weekend.

4. Williams Troost-Ekong (5/10)
Troost-Ekong arguably had one of his worst game in colours of the Super Eagles team.

Ekong indecision resulted to the corner kick, it was the same Watford defender who was found napping from the resultant Corner kick as Cape Verdean defender, Ianique dos Santos Tavares stole the ball from his leg and play pass the Eagles goalkeeper.

5. Wilfred Ndidi (8/10)
The Leicester City Midfielder was a beauty to behold in the game earlier today. Ndidi was practically everywhere in the field of play winning second balls and launching quick transitions from the backline. The defensive midfielder recorded one shot at goal.

6. Joe Aribo (7/10)
The Rangers man didn’t contribute enough to the team play in the opponent’s final third, little wonder he made way for, Frank Onyeka, at the 78th Minute.

7. Alex Iwobi (7/10)
Alex was a whole lot better against Cape Verde unlike his awful display against Liberia. The Everton midfielder greatest undoing indecision in the opponent’s half.

8. Jamilu Collins (5/10)
Jamilu was wasteful down the channel in the 3-5-2 formation deployed today against Cape Verde. Severally he made runs down the left hand side but failed to produce delightful deliveries.

9. Moses Simon (6/10)
Alive to his defensive duties in the team 3-5-2 formation but failed in his natural offensive play role. Little wonder he retired to the bench for Shehu Abdullahi to continue from where he stopped.

10. Odion Ighalo(7/10)
The Al-shaba striker who took thee place of Leicester City striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, was guilty of a criminal miss, an opportunity that could have put the team in a comfortable lead before the half time break. Igahlo later came off for Kelechi Iheanacho in the second half.

11. Victor Osimhen (9/10)
The Napoli workaholic sorted for all Available means to reclaim the team lead but his efforts wasn’t enough as the game ended in stalemate at full time. The striker later made way for Paul Onuachu at the 89th minute.





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Yusuf Abdullahi: Fast Rising Top Talent Dazzles In Nigeria Flying Eagles Training

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Highly rated Nigeria youngster, Yusuf Abdullahi, has been spotted in training with the Nigeria Under-20 team (Flying Eagles) as the team intensified preparations for football event in the All African Games which will take place in Ghana.

The sensational goal poacher who scored five goals in game in the Nigeria topflight league with Kano Pillars was handed invite by Coach Ladan Bosso upon return from Norway.

Afterwards his heroics, Yusuf Abdullahi, who has been a ‘hot cake’ in the transfer market has been in Norway where to negotiate a potential move to top Norwegian Eliteserien league giants.

Dazzling in the Nigeria Under-20 training Cup for All African Games, Coach Ladan Bosso, has been given thumbs up for his rich scouting network to ensure the best for the Nigeria Flying Eagles team.

The towering youngster, Yusuf Abdullahi, is tipped to bring in something different and outstanding in the Nigeria Flying Eagles team for All African Games with his killer instinct passes and goal scoring prowess.

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AFCON23: Nigerians Owes José Peseiro Apologies

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Failure as they said has no friends whilst success comes with lots of friends and family members inclusive.

Success never comes overnight as it requires time, consistency, believing in your craft will surely draw the much needed success closer than expected.

The Nigeria Super Eagles yesterday stepped into the semi-finals of the on-going African Cup Of Nations In Abidjan, Ivory Coast following its 1-0 win over Angola, all thanks to Lookman Ademola first half goal which was enough to separate the two sides at full time.

Prior to the African Cup Of Nations, the Nigeria Super Eagles were written off by its own country people following the team strings of poor run with its Portuguese gaffer, Jose Peseiro, described as an ‘incompetent’ Coach by many Nigeria Football enthusiasts.

José Peseiro suffered all manner of insults and cyber bullying by Nigerians as well as in the hands of the Nigeria Football Federation as he was forced to take a pay but he was undeterred knowing his worth and ability.

Nigeria Super Eagles Coach, Jose Peserio, suffered all manner of negative criticism from Nigeria Football enthusiasts, Journalists and Pundits starting from its Provisional list for the AFCON down to his list of 25 players for the competition.

The Portuguese gaffer amidst all negative criticism remained focused and never allowed side talks from naysayers distract him as he knows his Onion and was ready to prove it.

“We said it, the Nigeria Super Eagles team is too big for Jose Peserio to handle, the team cannot qualify for group stages ” these were words of many Nigerians, pundits and analysts after the team 1-1 draw in its first game in Group A against Equatorial Guinea.

The team squared up against host Nation, Ivory Coast and cruised to a 1-0 win and went ahead to record a 1-0 win over Guinea-Bissau to secure a place in the round of 16 but still, the Coach Jose Peserio tutored side was under fire as they described the team qualification as a fluke.

In all group stages, the Nigeria Super Eagles team conceded only once and still stretched its clean-sheet with their 2-0 win over Cameroon in the round of 16 down to its 1-0 win over Angola in the quarter-finals.

Against all odds, against all criticism by Naysayers, Coach Jose Peserio has silenced all criticism against him with success stories following the Nigeria Super Eagles qualifications for the semi-finals of the AFCON.

At this point, Nigerian football enthusiasts, Journalists, Analysts and Pundits needs to unanimously come together and tender an apology to the Nigeria Super Eagles gaffer as his big feats in the AFCON has brought smiles in the faces of millions of Nigerians who called for his sack prior to the competition.

As early stated, Success takes time and requires consistent as Jose Peserio has turned around the fortunes of the Nigeria Super Eagles team in the AFCON with its high level of consistency in formations and personnel’s.

With the team setting it’s eyes on the trophy, Portuguese gaffer, Jose Peserio deserves an apology letter from all Nigerians who doubted his ability.

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Super Eagles Coach Peseiro Prepares for Challenging Quarterfinal Showdown Against Angola

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Super Eagles Coach Peseiro Gears Up For Tough Quarterfinal Clash With Angola

Jose Peseiro, the head coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, has revealed that the team is actively preparing for their upcoming quarterfinal match against Angola. After a recovery and training session in Abidjan, Peseiro shared valuable insights into the team’s preparations and provided an update on the condition of goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali.

Peseiro emphasized the significance of the recovery and training session in ensuring the players are in peak condition for the crucial quarterfinal clash. The session focused on maintaining the players’ fitness levels and sharpness as they gear up for the decisive stage of the tournament.

Regarding Stanley Nwabali, the team’s goalkeeper, a fitness test was conducted to assess his readiness. The medical team, along with Peseiro, is closely monitoring Nwabali’s condition, and decisions regarding his participation in the upcoming match will be based on the results of the evaluation.

With Peseiro’s strategic approach and the team’s dedicated focus, the Super Eagles are determined to face the tough challenge posed by Angola in the quarterfinals and advance further in the tournament.

Coach Jose Peseiro of the Super Eagles has emphasized the need for unwavering focus and a collective team effort as they gear up for the intense quarterfinal clash against Angola. Peseiro highlighted the importance of giving 100% effort in every aspect of preparation, including training, nutrition, and rest.

Recognizing the strength of the Angolan team, Peseiro emphasized the significance of meticulous planning and outstanding teamwork to secure victory in what is expected to be a challenging match.

“We must maintain complete focus, giving our all in every activity, every day – be it training, meals, or rest. Our team must operate at 100%. We are up against a formidable opponent in Angola. To emerge victorious, we need to deliver a fantastic performance.”

Under the guidance of Coach Peseiro, the Super Eagles are fully committed to meticulous preparation and a united team effort as they face the intense quarterfinal clash against Angola.

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