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SuperSport rates Eagles v Elephants



Nigeria's Super Eagles brought down pre-tournament favourites, the Elephants of Cote d'Ivoire, to earth in Rustenburg on Sunday. From Lagos to Kampala and even from Johannesburg to Cairo, the Super Eagles are trending after putting a seal on the ambition of Cote d'Ivoire's golden generation.

Supersport.com now scores the players of the Super Eagles following the win over the Elephants from the range of one to 10.

Vincent Enyeama: Captain of the day showed why he has not lost a quarterfinal game at the Africa Cup of Nations. His big save off Yaya Toure's effort kept Nigeria on the path of a famous win. And his leadership skill was not in doubt throughout the match. 8/10

Efe Ambrose: Again Stephen Keshi stuck to the Celtic man at right-back and this time it paid off. First Salomon Kalou tried to go through Ambrose's path and failed before switching flanks with Gervinho, who also had no joy facing the former Kaduna United. 7/10

Kenneth Omeruo: The ADO Den Haag man put every foot right and combined well with Godfrey Oboabona to keep Didier Drogba quiet. 8/10

Godfrey Oboabona: He is gradually becoming a defensive leader that Nigeria have always wanted and once again put in another superb show alongside Omeruo in the heart of defence to stop Drogba and his striking partners. 8/10

Elderson Echiejile: For the first time, the Sporting Braga man made the left channel his own and put in a balanced performance. 7/10

Ogenyi Onazi: It was surprising that Keshi opted for the SS Lazio midfield to play in the holding role. The youngster did well covering every blade of the grass and showing toughness against more established opponents like Yaya Toure, Cheick Tiote and Romaric. 7/10

Sunday Mba: The Warri Wolves' striker scored the winner and got the man-of-the-match award. His overall contribution in a midfield role was massive. 9/10

John Obi Mikel: The 25-year-old set up Emmanuel Emenike for his goal. At the other end, the Chelsea man's last-ditch tackle denied Lacina Traore from putting the Elephants level with minutes left in the game. 8.5/10

Moses Victor: He played the role of ball carrier very well as his mazy runs troubled the Ivorian defence all afternoon. His long range effort also exposed the weakness of Cote d'Ivoire's goalkeeper, Boubacar Barry. 7.5/10

Brown Ideye: The Dynamo Kiev forward played his part of the link man well with Emenike. He almost opened his goal account but Barry kept his header out. 7/10

Emmanuel Emenike: He is the beast in the Nigerian squad. The ex-FC Cape Town striker troubled the Ivorian backline with his running and physical presence. He capped up his monster performance with a superb free kick strike in the first half for his third goal of the tournament. 9/10

Sub

Joseph Yobo: He played just four minutes after coming on as the only substitute for Nigeria. The duration of his appearance in the game is not enough to rate him.



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