Player Ratings from Super Eagles’ 2-0 Victory Against Cameroon in AFCON 2023

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Nigeria’s Super Eagles secured their spot in the quarter-finals of the AFCON 2023 tournament with a resounding 2-0 victory over Cameroon at the Stade Félix-Houphouët-Boigny in Ivory Coast. Ademola Lookman emerged as the hero, netting both goals and showcasing his prowess on the field. Let’s delve into the player ratings that defined this crucial win.

  1. Christian Nwabali 6.8/10:
  • The Chippa United goalkeeper’s game was cut short due to fouls, but his sweeping abilities proved crucial against Cameroon’s counter-attacks.
  1. Ola Aina 7.1/10:
  • Nottingham Forest’s full-back displayed defensive prowess, winning all tackles and nearly securing an assist with a well-placed cross.
  1. William Troost Ekong 7.1/10:
  • The PAOK central defender delivered a stellar performance, shutting down Frank Magri and controlling both ground and aerial channels.
  1. Semi Ajayi 7/10:
  • Despite an early goal disallowed for offside, the West Bromwich Albion defender excelled in tackles, contributing to Nigeria’s solid defensive line.
  1. Calvin Bassey 7.6/10:
  • Featuring in various positions, including central defense and wing-back, Bassey’s 13 duels won and a clever cross led to Nigeria’s second goal.
  1. Zaidu Sanusi 6/10:
  • The Porto full-back faced challenges at the back and was replaced in the 80th minute, struggling with crosses and decision-making.
  1. Frank Onyeka 7/10:
  • The Brentford midfielder controlled the midfield, limiting Zambo Anguissa’s influence and making nine crucial ball recoveries.
  1. Alex Iwobi 6.9/10:
  • Playing centrally, Iwobi contributed defensively, missed a scoring chance, and aided the defense during pressure situations.
  1. Ademola Lookman 8.5/10:
  • The Atalanta forward was the star, scoring both goals, creating chances, and causing havoc for Cameroon’s defense with his runs and trickery.
  1. Moses Simon 6.1/10:
    • The Nantes winger displayed excellent runs but lacked the final product, completing just seven passes throughout the game.
  2. Victor Osimhen 7.5/10:
    • The Napoli striker was a constant threat, initiating the press that led to the first goal and playing a pivotal role in Lookman’s opener.


  1. Kenneth Omeruo 5.5/10:
  • The Kasimpasa defender added experience, pushing Bassey upfront, contributing to the creation of the second goal.
  1. Francis Uzoho:
  • The Omonia S.C. goalkeeper came on late in the game, with limited involvement due to the game’s controlled nature.
  1. Bright Osayi-Samuel, Paul Onuachu:
  • Brought on in added time to help secure Nigeria’s well-deserved victory.

Nigeria’s collective effort and standout performances from players like Osimhen, Lookman, Iwobi, and Bassey showcased the team’s strength, securing their place in the quarter-finals with a convincing victory over Cameroon. The Super Eagles’ fans are eagerly anticipating their next clash against Angola as they continue their AFCON 2023 journey.

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