Viollarreal of Spain attacker, Samuel Chukwueze and Rotherham Unioted of England defender, Semi Ajayi have received top marks for their efforts with the Super Eagles in Tuesday’s international freidnly against Uganda.
Chukwueze got his first ever senior cap for Nigeria, while Ajayi was on from the start for the first time in gthe Eagles’ fold, but both rookies showed enterprising form worthy of great expectations for the future.
Such it is that most post-match ratings placed Ajayi and Chukwueze tops of all others, despite the presence of older stars like Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi, John Ugochukwu Ogu and Oghenekaro Etebo joining them in the starting line-up, while the attacking trio of Isaac Success, Henry Onyekuru and Kelechi Iheanacho got off the bench late on.
In aspite of what was largely dubbed an unexciting outing by the Eagles, in a goalless draw against one of their earliest boogie teams, top marks also went out for Jamilu Collins, Victor Osimhen, Daniel Akpeyi and Mikel Ndubuisi Agu, who all started the game at Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, while William Troost-Ekong, Samuel Kalu and Moses Simon were subs.
Ajayi was rated man of the match by many pundits and fans, as he was solid in the heart of defence and made some timely interceptions inside the box.
The former Arsenal youth teasm player ended up with seven points out of ten, as observers noted that he did not shy away from taking a tackle and was always decisive in his contests for the ball.
Similar euloguies went for Chukwueze, who was largely adjudged to have enjoyed a brilliant debut and brought back memories of Nigeria’s good old days of traditional wingers.
The Yellow Submarine whiz-kid got seven out of ten for his efforts, which were full of menacing runs down the right flank; as the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup revelation showed how mobile, fast and skilfull he is.