Nigeria U-23 Players’ ratings in 5-4 win over Japan

How Nigeria U-23 players fared in their 5-4 win over Japan in their first Group B game at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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John Mikel Obi and Dream Team VI players play

John Mikel Obi and Dream Team VI players

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Nigeria U-23 team in the early hours of Friday, August 5 overcame the odds of travel delays to beat Japan 5-4 in their first Group B game of Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Sadiq Umar opened scoring before Oghenekaro Etebo netted a quadruple to help Nigeria grab all the three points against Japan.

Samson Siasia play

Samson Siasia

(Getty Images )

 

This how Pulse Sports rate the performance of Dream Team VI players.

Emmanuel Daniel (goalkeeper) 4/10

Shinzo Koroki and Emmanuel Daniel play Emmanuel Daniel conceded four four goals against Japan (Getty Images)

 

Conceding four goals in a game is never good for any goalkeeper. With a poor defense, letting in four goals can be excusable but Daniel was poor in this game. He seems very short of confidence and could not organise the defence in front of him.

Stanley Amuzie (Left-Back) 6/10

Stanley Amuzie play Amuzie was impressive for Nigeria (Getty Images)

 

Apart from the penalty he conceded which led to Japan’s opening goal, Amuzie was fantastic in the game. He joined attack a couple of times and was rewarded with an assist.

William Troost-Ekong (centre-back) 5/10

William Troost-Ekong play Troos-Ekong struggled earlier but came back stronger in the second half (Twitter)

 

The long travel seems to have had an effect on Troost-Ekong who looked shaky especially in the second half.

He however did a good job of dealing with some situations alone with his partner, Seth Muenfuah lost most of the times.

Seth Muenfuh (Centre-back) 4/10

Seth Muenfuh play Seth Muenfuh got lost in the game (Getty Images )

 

Poor performance from the right back who deputised as a centre-back. He was lost most of the games and left his partner, Troost-Ekong stranded.

He redeemed himself with a better showing in the second half.

Shehu Abdullahi (right-back) 5/10

Shehu Abdullahi play Shehu Abdullah didn't offer much going forward (Getty Images )

 

Abdullahi was strong in tackles all through the game but didn’t offer much going forward. He hugely responsible for one of the goals conceded also.

Azubuike Okechukwu (midfielder) 6/10

Azubuike Okechukwu and Shoya Nakajima play Azubuike Okechukwu and Shoya Nakajima (Getty Images )

 

The best player in the Dream Team’s midfielder, worked very hard and combined well with teammates in the middle.

Covered lots of distance too in the game.

John Mikel Obi (midfielder) 5/10

John Mikel Obi play John Mikel Obi showed great leadership as captain during the game (FIFA.com)

 

An average game. Too careful and was not hugely involved in the tick of the game. He however steadied play at times and showed great leadership as captain.

Usmam Mohammed (midfielder) 6/10

Ran with the ball a lot from midfield to attack and troubled the Japanese defence several times.

Imoh Ezekiel (forward) 7/10

Imoh Ezekiel play Imoh Ezekiel (Twitter/Brila FM)

 

Ezekiel was impressive for the Nigeria’s U-23 team in the win. Was a live wire in Dream Team VI’s attack and had a shot spilled by the Japanese goalkeeper which led to Nigeria’s first goal.

Oghenekaro Etebo (forward) 10/10

Oghenekaro Etebo play Oghenekaro Etebo scored four goals on the night for Nigeria (Getty Images)

 

What else can you do in a game after scoring four goals? Easily the Man of the Match, was always in the right places at the right time to slot in the goals.

Sadiq Umar (forward) 8/10

Sadiq Umar play Sadiq Umar (Getty Images )

 

Umar was impressive all through the game and opened scoring for Nigeria also. He was a constant threat for Nigeria.

Substitutes

Kingsley Madu (left-back) 2/10

Was brought in to help the team defensively but failed at it as Nigeria let in two later.

Ndifreke Udo (defender) 2/10

Was also brought in to shore up the defence but did nothing in the game.

Saliu Popoola (midfielder) 3/10

Was very impressive after coming in for Mikel Obi. Saw much of the ball and chased oppositions a lot.

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