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Football | Super Eagles

SuperSport rates Eagles players



Nigeria started their Afcon with a 1-1 draw against Burkina Faso in Nelspruit on Monday to the disappointment of their fans.

The draw leaves head coach of the Super Eagles, Stephen Keshi still waiting for his first-ever Afcon win as a manager having guided Mali and Togo to the tournament in the past.

But supersport.com rates Nigeria's Super Eagles on the scale of one to 10 after their opening game against the Stallions of Burkina Faso in a Group C game of the Afcon.

The starters

Vincent Enyeama: In the opening half, he was largely inactive as he had little to do. But he was kept busy in the last quarter of the game and the goal he conceded from the impressive Alain Traore. 7/10

Uwa Echiejile: He had a good first half defending and at some point, even ventured forward. But the SC Braga man could hardly deal with substitute Wilfried Sanou and the Burkinabes exploited his position to get the equaliser. 5/10

Joseph Yobo: Nigeria's captain did not have the best of a game by his standards. He made two errors which Burkina Faso failed to capitalise on. The Fenerbahce centre-back though made a few telling tackles to help his backline stay steady. 6/10

Godfrey Oboabona: The Sunshine Stars' centre-half did everything right throughout the game and even covered for Yobo and Echiejile a few times. But his failure to clear a bubbling ball inside the box at the death led to Burkina Faso's goal. 6/10

Efe Ambrose: He looked to have settled into his new role at right-back over his preference for a centre-back position in the early stage of the game. But his poor timing of tackles led to a second bookable offence though on replay the decision to send off the Celtic man looked a bit harsh. 4/10

Fegor Ogude: He played for 70 minutes and did a good job shielding the back four and allowing John Obi Mikel to play in an advanced role. But his yellow card prompted Keshi to substitute him in order to avoid a second bookable offence. 6/10

John Obi Mikel: He was by miles Nigeria's best player on the night. He tracked back to help and even troubled the opposition with his long passes. The Chelsea man seem to be the only Super Eagles player who knew what playing at the Afcon meant. 8/10

Nosa Igiebor: He showed flashes at times and switched off at the other times. The Real Betis man frooze when it mattered most on the big stage. 5/10

Brown Ideye: The Dynamo Kiev striker played a huge part in Nigeria's early attacks on Burkina Faso before his substitution in the 78th minute. His flick provided the assist for Nigeria's goal. 7/10

Emmanuel Emenike: He played for less than an hour but his contribution was telling, as he got Nigeria's goal. On and off the ball, the Spartak Moscow forward was excellent and key in the Super Eagles' build-up to attacks. 7/10

Ahmed Musa: His pace was always troubling the Burkinabes but the substitutions of Emenike and Ideye left him isolated upfront as he hardly made a statement in the last quarter of the game. 6/10

The subs

Ikechukwu Uche: He played for 30 minutes and brought a spark in his side's attack until Ambrose got the marching order. The Villareal man should have scored an insurance goal for Nigeria but missed a sitter. 6/10

Ogenyi Onazi: The youngster made his Afcon debut as a substitution. But his presence hardly affected the play as Nigeria were made to play on the backfoot. 4/10

Kenneth Omeruo: He also made his Afcon debut with 10 minutes to the end of the game. He looked composed filling in at right-back and foiled Burkina Faso's attempt to attack through that route. 5/10

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