Nigeria U23s Player Ratings Vs Libya : Chukwueze The Best; Dennis Good; Nwakali, Awoniyi Struggle; Adamu Iffy
Published: March 20, 2019
Nigeria U23s Player Ratings Vs Libya : Chukwueze The Best; Dennis Good; Nwakali, Awoniyi Struggle; Adamu Iffy
Nigeria put up an uninspiring display in Libya's makeshift stadium in Tunisia to lose 2-0 to their opponents in the first leg of their U23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Wednesday evening.

Allnigeriasoccer.com runs the rule on Imama Amapakabo's men thus :

The Starters

Goalkeeper

Abubakar Adamu: Looked unconvincing in goal even before he took the walk of shame for handling outside his area. Really poor from a professional perspective. (4/10)

Defenders

Stephen Egbe: Didn't quite put down his foot on the game as an out of sorts backline were caught out on the break time and again. (5/10)

John Lazarus: A showing which was largely nothing to write home about from the Lobi full-back. Failed to track the runs in behind his defense of which one led to Zakaria Alharaish's opener. (4/10)

Joshua Akpudje: Not a top notch defending from the centre-back either. Did little to stem the free flowing attack of their opponents and was otherwise, anonymous. (4.5/10)

Ebube Duru: Another player well caught out by the fleet-footed Libyans. Did little of note down his flank and was particularly poor in the first period. (4/10)

Midfielders

Azubuike Okechukwu: The experienced Okechukwu toiled to stamp his authority from deep though he was not worse off to his peers. (5/10)

Kelechi Nwakali: Offered no form of bite or grit from midfield and really should have done better for a player of his grace. (4/10)

Bonaventure Dennis: Did some marking and tried keeping the Libyans at bay prior to his substitution. Was sacrificed for Adamu's dismissal in place of Orewale Oremade. (6/10)

Attackers

Samuel Chukwueze: Looked the brightest spark for creativity for the team. Made some runs down the channels and put in a few crosses which were not utilized. Unarguably the team's best player on a very bad day. (7.5/10)

Olabiran Muyiwa: Saw and did little with the ball on his debut. Dropped deep in search of stray balls which limited his efficiency up front. (5/10)

Taiwo Awoniyi: Nondescript showing from the Liverpool youngster who did little down the middle. Was even afforded a chance of equaliser with a cross from Chukwueze but could only blast effort (4/10)

The Substitutes:

Orewale Oremade: Came on for the dismissed Adamu and was well beaten for the Libyan second goal. (4/10)

Chidera Eze: A late change to add fresh legs.

Emmanuel Chinaza

Photo Credit : Libyan Federation