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Super Eagles’ Players’ Ratings In Disappointing Loss To Ivory Coast



Super Eagles' Players' Ratings In Loss To Ivory Coast |

Who were the worst Super Eagles players in the AFCON 2023 final loss to Ivory Coast? Nigeria faced disappointment in the final, falling short of claiming their fourth Africa Cup of Nations title. Despite previous wins over Ivory Coast in the group stage and overcoming challenges against Cameroon, Angola, and South Africa, Nigeria couldn’t meet expectations in the final match against the host nation.

Despite being considered favourites, they ended up losing 2-1. Goals from Franck Kessie and Sebastien Haller overturned an early goal by William Troost-Ekong, sealing the victory for Ivory Coast. Amidst the overall disappointment, discussions emerged about both the best and worst performers among the Super Eagles during the AFCON final against Ivory Coast.

Stanley Nwabali — 7

Even though Stanley Nwabali let in two goals in the AFCON final, many consider him one of the top players for the Super Eagles against Ivory Coast. During the 2023 AFCON final, Nwabali managed to make five saves, which played a crucial role in preventing Ivory Coast from scoring more goals against Nigeria.

Calvin Bassey — 6

Calvin Bassey stood out as Nigeria’s top player during the match against Ivory Coast, displaying strong defensive skills and attempting to initiate attacks with his precise passing from deep positions.

Additionally, the Fulham defender made a critical goal-line clearance in the second half, preventing Ivory Coast from scoring what could have been a decisive goal and maintaining the score at 1-1.

Super Eagles' Players' Ratings In Loss To Ivory Coast |

William Troost-Ekong — 6

The Super Eagles’ captain for the day scored the first goal of the match with a powerful header in the opening half, setting a new record as Nigeria’s highest-scoring defender at the Africa Cup of Nations. However, the game took a turn for the worse for the PAOK defender thereafter.

Troost-Ekong was involved in both goals conceded by the Super Eagles, as he failed to mark Franck Kessie for Ivory Coast’s equaliser and was beaten at the near post by Sebastien Haller for the eventual winning goal.

Victor Osimhen — 5

Victor Osimhen delivered a mediocre performance, with the Napoli forward struggling against the Ivory Coast defence. Displaying signs of tiredness, Osimhen found it challenging to overpower Evan N’Dicka and Odilon Kossounou, unlike his previous encounters with defenders during the 2023 AFCON.

Semi Ajayi — 5

Despite not being directly responsible for any of the goals conceded, Semi Ajayi, playing for West Brom, had a challenging performance in the final match. The defender struggled to assist Nigeria in defending set pieces and appeared vulnerable on several occasions, especially when Ivory Coast applied pressure on the Super Eagles for most of the game.

Frank Onyeka — 4

Frank Onyeka, representing Brentford, had a disappointing performance against Ivory Coast during the 2023 AFCON. He struggled to make an impact on the game and was outperformed in midfield by the Elephant’s midfield players.

Alongside Alex Iwobi, Onyeka found himself second-best and couldn’t influence the game against Ivory Coast.

Super Eagles' Players' Ratings In Loss To Ivory Coast |

Alex Iwobi — 4

Fulham midfielder Alex Iwobi faced difficulties in the last two matches, and his performance in the final was even poorer than in the semifinals against South Africa.

Both Iwobi and Onyeka found themselves clearly outmatched by Ivory Coast’s midfield, which included 32-year-old Hull City player Jean Michael Seri. This was not a favourable situation for the former Arsenal and Everton star, indicating a rough patch in his recent performances.

Ademola Lookman — 4

Ademola Lookman, Nigeria’s leading scorer at AFCON before the final, had a disappointing performance against Ivory Coast and seemed much less effective against the hosts.

Lookman found himself tightly marked by the Ivorian defence and struggled to make an impact against the tournament hosts. Throughout his 79 minutes on the field, he failed to create any goal-scoring opportunities, being unable to even attempt a shot on goal.

Zaidu Sanusi — 3

His high rating stems primarily from the low expectations based on his previous performances at the 2023 AFCON. The Porto full-back appeared unsteady in defence, nearly leading to a goal in the first half.

Additionally, he failed to impress in the attacking phase, missing one of the rare opportunities that the Super Eagles managed to create.

Ola Aina — 3

The Nottingham Forest defender, Ola Aina, is likely to remember his encounter with Simon Adingra in the AFCON 2023 final with regret. Aina’s performance was dreadful, as he managed to execute only one successful tackle throughout the game. Moreover, he was dribbled past three times, one of which led to Adingra providing the assist for the winning goal.


Samuel Chukwueze — 3

During his 56 minutes on the field, Samuel Chukwueze managed to complete only four passes, with his lone attempted dribble ending unsuccessfully.

Additionally, he lost five out of six duels against the Ivory Coast players. The AC Milan forward faced further struggles as he was dispossessed seven times throughout the match.

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Ultimately, Chukwueze failed to validate Jose Peseiro’s choice to include him in the starting lineup for the final.

Moses Simon — 4

The Nantes forward, Moses Simon, entered the game as Nigeria’s initial substitute against Ivory Coast with hopes of making a significant impact against the hosts. However, he failed to influence the match notably.

Moses Simon’s performance didn’t see much improvement over the disappointing display of Chukwueze, whom he replaced before the hour mark. Instead, Simon was merely a reason for the overall insufficient performance by the Super Eagles.

Alhassan Yusuf — 5

Alhassan Yusuf, who came on as a substitute in the 79th minute for Iwobi, didn’t manage to make an impact on the game against Ivory Coast.

Kelechi Iheanacho — 5

Kelechi Iheanacho, the substitute from Leicester City, entered the game in the 79th minute, replacing Ademola Lookman. However, apart from a few brief moments of promise, he didn’t significantly alter the course of the match for the Super Eagles.

Joe Aribo — X

Entered the match with only four minutes remaining in normal time but made no impact on the game.

Terem Moffi – X

Entered the match with just four minutes remaining in regular time and failed to influence the game.

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Adidas Set To Launch Bob Marley x Adidas Sneakers




Adidas Set To Launch Bob Marley x Adidas Sneakers |

Sportswear giant Adidas is teaming up with the estate of the legendary reggae musician Bob Marley to release a special edition of their classic SL 72 running shoe. This exciting collaboration is expected to launch as part of Adidas’ Summer 2024 collection, according to information discovered by Complex magazine.

While Adidas has yet to officially confirm the release, whispers of the collaboration have been swirling. Zuri Marley, granddaughter of the reggae icon, even shared a glimpse of the sneakers on her TikTok account recently.

@zurimarley The Adidas Bob Marley SL72 is so sick ❤️💛💚 @Bob Marley: One Love @adidas #adidasoriginals #kaceymusgraves #bobmarley #onelove #threelittlebirds ♬ son original – tereva

The highly anticipated Bob Marley x Adidas SL 72 (identified by style code JP5171) features a sleek black upper adorned with vibrant green and wine-coloured accents on the sole. It proudly displays Bob Marley’s image and name on the tongue and sock liner, while his signature is elegantly embossed in gold on the heel. This unique design promises to be a must-have for fans of both the iconic musician and classic footwear.

Adidas has a rich history of incorporating Bob Marley’s iconic style into its designs. However, the upcoming SL 72 marks the first official sneaker collaboration between the brand and the reggae legend’s estate. Marley, a known fan of the brand, was often photographed wearing Adidas apparel and footwear, including the SL 72 model. Previous projects hinting at this connection include the 2008 Adidas Pro Model, released in partnership with Marley’s record label, Tuff Gong. Further collaborations have emerged alongside the recent resurgence of interest in Marley, sparked by the film “Bob Marley: One Love,” including Jamaica-themed Adidas projects and a dedicated Bob Marley collection by designer Jerry Lorenzo’s Fear of God Athletics line, produced in conjunction with Adidas.

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William Troost-Ekong To Undergo Minor Surgery




William Troost-Ekong To Undergo Minor Surgery |

Nigerian football defender William Troost-Ekong, who plays for the national team, the Super Eagles, is expected to have a short surgical procedure in Finland this week. This operation is necessary to treat an injury he sustained while playing in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.

William Troost-Ekong sustained an injury during their crucial second group stage match against the host nation, Cote d’Ivoire. Despite this setback, he displayed incredible resilience by scoring the winning goal from a penalty kick, playing a key role in securing victory for his team. Although the injury forced him to miss the following game against Guinea-Bissau, Troost-Ekong’s determination saw him return to the starting lineup and play every minute of the remaining matches in the tournament, showcasing his dedication and commitment to the Super Eagles.

The former Watford player, a dominant force for Nigeria during the AFCON 2023 finals, delivered three crucial goals and consistently showcased his talent. His well-rounded performance rightfully earned him the Player of the Tournament title.

The surgery William Troost-Ekong underwent is expected to fix the injury he got while playing in the competition. This will allow him to make a full recovery and rejoin his Greek club, PAOK, on the playing field again sometime near the end of the current season.

William Troost-Ekong is a Dutch-born Nigerian professional footballer who captains the Nigeria national team. He also plays as a center-back for the Greek club PAOK.

Despite facing near exclusion from the national squad, he emerged as a hero at the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, leading the defense with an injury and even scoring crucial goals. He was named the Player of the Tournament for his outstanding performance.

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Super Falcons Set To Clash With Lionesses In Olympic Qualifiers




Super Falcons Clash With Lionesses In Olympic Qualifiers |

The much-anticipated match between Nigeria’s Super Falcons and Cameroon’s Lionesses is set for this Friday. It will be happening on February 23rd, 2024, in Douala, Cameroon. This crucial first leg of a two-game series holds immense significance. The winner will progress to the final round of the African qualifiers for the prestigious Women’s Olympic Football Tournament.

With their coach, Randy Waldrum, back in charge, the Super Falcons are in good hands.

They are eager to represent Nigeria well and secure their dream of participating in the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Led by the talented Asisat Oshoala, a six-time winner of Africa’s Best Female Footballer award, the Super Falcons have built a strong team under the guidance of Coach Waldrum. This formidable squad, boasting 20 additional skilled players alongside Oshoala, is determined to conquer any obstacles that stand in their way.

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Their ultimate goal is to secure victory against the formidable Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon.

The journey to Paris 2024 hasn’t been without its hurdles. Since their last Olympic appearance in Beijing in 2008, the Falcons have faced difficulties qualifying for subsequent games. Recall that the Super Falcons were defeated by the indomitable lionesses in the London 2012 Olympics. This dashed their hopes of participating in the tournament.

However, the Super Falcons are now more resolute than ever to claim their rightful place in the upcoming games.

Coach Waldrum has chosen a strong team for the upcoming match. The coach is featuring talented players like defender Ashley Plumptre and midfielders Halimatu Ayinde, Toni Payne, and Christy Ucheibe.

The lineup also includes goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie and forwards Rasheedat Ajibade and Uchenna Kanu.

This team is prepared to make a strong impression on the international stage.

Excitement is building as the Falcons prepare to face off against the Lionesses in what promises to be a thrilling match.

With their sights set on competing in the 2024 Paris Olympics, the Nigerian Falcons are determined to secure their place in the tournament.

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