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Rio Olympics: Nigeria U-23 | Players’ rating in 2-0 loss to Colombia

Rio Olympics: Nigeria U-23 | Players’ rating in 2-0 loss to Colombia

Nigeria U-23 team on Wednesday, August 10 lost 2-0 to Colombia in their third Group B game of Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

This is how we rate the performances of Dream Team VI players

Daniel Akpeyi (Goalkeeper) 4/10

Daniel Akpeyi

Daniel Akpeyi was not impressive in the game

Akpeyi was not unimpressive although he made a very fine save in the first off a header. He was nervous and could not command his defense well enough. Conceded two goals too.

Ndifreke Effiong (Right-back) 510

Starting his first game in the Olympics and he showed why he was not a starter in Nigeria’s first two games. He could not cope with the pace and the Colombians had so much space attacking from his side.  Attacked a lot and had lots of good crosses though.

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

Had an average game and didn’t look very confident and assuring. Got a booking in the first half for a poor tackle and was caught out of position several times.

Sincere Seth (center-back) 4/10

Still not doing well in the center-back position. Often lacked awareness and was at fault for Colombia’s first goal of the night. A major worry.

Kingsley Madu (Left-back) 4/10

Came in place of Stanley Amuzie but could not do enough to justify his place in the team. Struggled toi defend and attack as well. Very little impact.

Saliu Popoola 6/10 (midfielder)

Popoola Saliu (L) and Kevin Balanta

Popoola Saliu (L) came in and was impressive

Only change in the side that impressed in the game. Was strong in tackles and marked well throughout the game.

Azubuike Okechukwu (midfielder) 4/10

Looked very tired in the game and gave away possession that led to Colombia’s second goal.

John Mikel Obi (midfielder) 6/10

John Mikel Obi

John Mikel Obi showed some moments of brilliance in the game

An average game with some moments of brilliance in between. Controlled the midfielder some times and helped the attack a lot.

Oghenekaro Etebo (forward) 5/10

Oghenekaro Etebo

Oghenekaro Etebo found chances hard to come by in the game

Missed a first half chance goal and found it hard to come  afterwards. Clearly worked hard but couldn’t get in goalscoring positions.

Aminu Umar (forward) 4/10

Started in place of Imoh Ezekiel but failed to impress. He was ineffective in the second half before he was replaced by Usman Mohammed.

Umar Sadiq (forward) 4/10

Umar Sadiq

Umar Sadiq struggled all through the game

Goalscorer in Nigeria’s last two games, Umar struggled all through the game.


Ezekiel Imoh (forward) 3/10

Was brought in to replace Popoola and disturbed the Colombians with his pace and strength.

Usman Muhammed (midfielder) 3/10

Also did well when he came in. Added strength to the Nigerian midfield.

Stanley Amuzie (left-back) 2/10

Had little time to make an impact.


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