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Nigeria U-23 Players’ ratings in win over Sweden

How Nigeria U-23 players fared in their 1-0 win over Sweden in their second Group B game at Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Umar Sadiq play Sadiq Umar's 40th minute header sealed the win for Nigeria against Sweden (FIFA)

Nigeria U-23 team in the early hours of Monday, August 8 progressed to the quarter-finals of Rio 2016 with a 1-0 win over Sweden in their second Group B game of Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Sadiq Umar’s 40th minute goal was all Nigeria needed to pick the three points again.

This is how Pulse Sports rate the performances of Dream Team VI players

Emmanuel Daniel (goalkeeper) 5/10

After a below average first game where he conceded four goals, Emmanuel Daniel was not found out in the win over Sweden. This was however largely due to the solid performance from the defence in front of him which left him with little to do all game.  

Shehu Abdullahi (right-back) 6/10

Shehu Abdullahi play Shehu Abdullahi in action against Sweden (Getty Images )


Solid performance from the right-back who linked up well with his partner upfront. He was also fantastic in defence.

Sincere Seth (centre-back) 6/10

Still showing signs of nervousness but not to be blamed as he’s a right-back being used as a makeshift  centre-back. Much improvement from the first game.

William Troost Ekong (Centre-back) 8/10

Man of the Match for us over here at Pulse Sports. He was solid all through the game and commanded his defence very well. Showing signs of leadership as well.

Stanley Amuzie (left-back) 6/10

Stanley Amuzie play Stanley Amuzie chases a ball during Nigeria Vs Sweden (Getty Images )


Still very shaky when defending, but looked very good going forward. His rating largely helped with the fantastic cross for Nigeria’s only goal.

Azubuike Okechukwu (Midfielder) 7/10

Azubuike Okechukwu play Azubuike Okechukwu battles for the ball with a Sweden player (Getty Images )


Had another good game for Nigeria. Didn’t stop running and sat very deep to help the defence.

John Mikel Obi (midfielder) 7.5/10

John Mikel Obi play John Mikel Obi (Twitter)


Improved from the first game and showed why he is the captain of the team. Very calm in possession and made some runs in to opposition penalty box. Almost had a goal too.

Usman Mohammed (Midfielder) 7/10

Usman Mohammed play Usman Mohammed (Getty Images )


A team player in the middle for Nigeria. Covered well for Mikel Obi and was also good with his passes. Needs to be more direct.

Imoh Ezekiel (Forward) 7/10

Imoh Ezekiel play Imoh Ezekiel (FIFA via Getty Images )


Caused chaos in the Swedish defence and was very direct. He also fell back several times to help with defence.  

Oghenekaro Etebo (Forward) 6/10

Oghenekaro Etebo play Oghenekaro Etebo rues a missed chance during the game (Getty Images )


Brimming with confidence into the game but could not convert several chances. Did well to get in some nice positions.

Sadiq Umar (forward) 8/10

Umar Sadiq play Sadiq Umar heads in Nigeria's winner against Sweden (FIFA)


Scored Nigeria’s winning goal and was a live wire before he was substituted. Always going for goal and getting in good position.


Aminu Umar (forward) 3/10

Didn’t add anything to attack after replacing matchwinner, Umar. Picked up a needless yellow card as well.

Kingsley Madu (Defender) 3/10

Brought in place of Amuzie but didn’t add anything to the game. Was disposed several times in the short period he played.

Ndifreke Udo (Defender) 4/10

Did well at right-back. With Nigeria defending a lone goal, Udo sat back and defended all through his stay on the pitch.

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