It was an exciting group games for Nigeria in the ongoing African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Morocco, the team has progressed to the last eight after impressive results in the group games.
Nigeria finished as group C winners with seven points from a possible nine, defeated Libya and Equatorial Guinea, drew with Rwanda on the first day.
The home-based stars scored four goals and conceded one in three matches.
As we look forward to the quarter-final match against Angola on Sunday in
Tangier, www.naijafootballplus.com correspondent ADEPOJU TOBI reviews his
top five Super Eagles players after the first round of the competition.
1. DAYO OJO (SUNSHINE STARS):
He wasn’t part of the first game against Rwanda, he was introduced for Ifeanyi Ifeanyi in the second game against Libya when the score-line was goalless. He came into the game with more creativity in the midfield and help the team dominate Libya, Sunday Faleye later scored the winner. His
superb performance earned him a start against Equatorial Guinea and he scored a beautiful goal that gave Nigeria the lead before Rabiu Ali doubled the lead. He’s favourite to keep his starting shirt against Angola on Sunday.
2. Orji Kalu (Rangers International):
Surprisingly, I will pick Orji kalu ahead of Stephen Eze. Yes, Eze was voted ‘Man of the Match’ against Libya but Orji has been the most consistent in defence. His experience and timing decisions are just too brilliant, he’s quick and sharp. He hardly losses a contest and his build play from the back has given the team an edge over their opponents. He has been rock solid and he has played a huge and influential part in defence.
3. Sunday Faleye (Shooting Stars):
The Shooting Stars winger has been brilliant in Morocco, young and enterprising. He scored the important winner against Libya and he has dazzled like a big star. He has been the attention of many scouts in
Morocco with his dribbling skills and speed.
4. Emeka Atuloma (Rivers United):
He has been a perfect replacement for Afeez Aremu and he has done his job
excellently well. He’s workaholic and energetic, doing his dirty job in the
midfield and gives enough protection to his defence. Apart from his defensive quality, his ball movement and final passes are superb.
5. Osas Okoro (Rangers International):
Before the tournament I was worried for him after he was exposed in the WAFU Cup of Nations in Ghana and NPFL Invitational Tournament in Kano. Osas has been wonderful in Morocco, defensively and offensively he has been great. His superb cross assisted Tony Okpotu equalizer against Equatorial Guinea in Agadir. At his age, he’s quick with excellent crosses. He adds a lot more when the team is attacking from the right.