Rohr wins first match for Nigeria


By Tunji Faleye

Gernot Rohr won his first competitive match as the coach of the Super Eagles with a slim 1-0 win over the Taifas of Tanzania.

Super Eagles started well dictating the pace of the match right from the defence to the midfield.

It was quite clear that Carl Ikeme was totally on holiday as the Tanzanians failed to trouble him.

Also, Eagles were wasteful at the front of the goal as Victor Moses, Ighalo and Ahmed Musa failed to convert many clear chances.

The Eagles continued pressurising the Taifas by creating many chances but the visitor’s keeper was up to the task.

After many efforts, Man City wonderkid Kelechi Iheanacho released a ‘thunder’ in the 78 minute to break the Tanzanian keeper.

Here are the ratings of the Super Eagles players as done by in AFCON 2017 qualifiers which took place at the Nest of Champions in Uyo.

Carl Ikeme: Didn’t have much to do like the reverse tie in Tanzania. Got lucky in the first half though, could easily have given away a penalty otherwise had little or nothing to do all through the game….7/10

Musa Mohammed: Full of energy, never tired of running, strong in tackles and very much adept in turning defence into attack, had a game to be proud off….7/10

Elderson Echiejile: Clearly targeted by the Tanzanians and struggled to cope with the pace and tricks of his man, no thanks to the little coverage he got from Victor Moses. Had a better second half….6.5/10

Leon Balogun: Very much at home as a central defender, made one tackle that got the crowd cheering, very calm in possession and oozed class all through. Top man….8.5/10

William Troost Ekong: Didn’t start the game very well but recovered in the second half, held his own alongside Balogun in central defence but need to work on his reading of the game….7.5/10

Ogenyi Onazi: Was surprisingly very discipline in his role in front of the back four, sat deep and allowed the men ahead of him do the runnings, wasn’t trying to do the extraordinary like before, kept it simple and deserve a very good rating….7.5/10

Mikel Obi: The captain did just what is expected of him, threatened to open the scoring for Nigeria but was stopped by some brilliant goalkeeping. Yanked off by Gernot Rohr as he isn’t fully fit yet after the exhaustion of the Olympics….8/10

Victor Moses: Lively, daring and full of energy. Wasted the best of chances to give Nigeria the lead in the first half had a subdued second half. Expectedly replaced after the break, need to add goals to his game….6/10

Ahmed Musa: Didn’t quite get the chance to run behind the defence of the Tanzanians until the second half. Looked threatening with lightening pace but didn’t effect the game that much….6.5/10

Kelechi Iheanacho: Man of the Match, cracking effort for the lone goal of the game, lively all through, willing to get involved and not scared of shooting and got duly rewarded with the lone goal of the game. A star in the team even though he is just 19….9/10

Odion Ighalo: Had a game to forget, once again failed to deliver in the green white green shirt, time is running out on the Watford man, didn’t play to his potential….5.5/10


Wilfred Ndidi: Replaced the captain and brought about an injection of pace with Onazi moving upfront, he was quick in releasing the ball to the front men, a substitute par excellence….6.5/10

Brown Ideye: Had lots of touched despite his introduction after the half hour mark, made his presence felt with great hold up play and flicks, was full of confidence, should have started the game, he clearly showed it….6.5/10

Moses Simon: Never shy to take on defenders, did his trademark runs at defenders but had little time to command a better rating than….5.5/10

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