On another fine night for the Super Eagles at the Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria brush off Tunisia to claim the bronze medal yet again.
Odion scored a pure poacher’s goal – his fifth of the campaign – in the third minute of play and it proved enough to send the North Africans home empty handed.
We have x-ray five takeaways from an exciting game of football.

Ighalo Is Africa’s Top Marksman

5 goals in as many starts at Africa’s premier competition has only added more credits to Odion Ighalo’s burgeoning reputation
The Shanghai Shenhua forward top  the goalscorers chart during the qualifying rounds.
If there were any beer parlour mutterings that those standout performances were flukes, the former Watford striker have permanently put those to rest.
In a tournament that boasts the distinguished talents of Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez, Egypt’s Mo Salah, Ghana’s Andre Ayew, Tunisia’s Wabhi Kazhri, Ivory Coast’s Wilfried Zaha, and numerous others, to emerge as the finest in sticking the ball into the back of the net is no mean feat.
Strong, tireless, and still only 26, the best of the burly targetman is yet to come.

Uzoho Is Better Than That Carpenter

No where under God’s heaven is Daniel Akpeyi better than Francis Uzoho. The youngster brought serenity and composure to the defence.

There was hardly any on-the-edge, nerve-wrecking moment between the defenders and the goalie.

Uzoho commanded his box well, handled the ball confidently, and did his bits without any unnecessary drama.

His shot stopping ability is still not top level and his distribution still begs much to be desired. But he is already a thousand miles ahead of Akpeyi.

Musa has pace and …that’s all

The Nigerian Usain Bolt is so frustrating to watch most of the time.

His fast legs should be an asset to the team but his lack of a commensurate football brain has cost the Super Eagles more scoring chances than can be listed.

It’s instructive that on Nigeria’s finest attacking night, the Super Eagles most effective performer was a certain Jamilu Collins.

Against the Tunisians, the speed merchant was at his wasteful best.

There are better players than Musa on the Nigerian bench but Rohr feels he owes the Al Nassr winger a regular starting shirt by virtue of being the team’s vice captain and especially in the absence of the side’s substantive captain.

One assist and zero goals is a poor return even for Musa’s mediocre standard.

The Super Eagles played better with Gernot Rohr’s handbrake off

What a night of attacking football. It almost didn’t look like the same team that was clay-footed, lethargic and unsure of team-play on Sunday night against Algeria.

This was different. The full-backs were flying forward at every opportunity.

The attack line press up field. And the midfield was full of runners.

It was no surprise when J Collins sprung up in the opponent’s half and provided the assist in on the third minute.

It provide the template for the rest of the match. Ola Aina bombing forward was one of the heartwarming sights of the night.

Nigeria are the gods of the bronze medals

The NFF’s trophy cabinet officially has more bronze than gold medals and yet again we have added another.

Rarely does the Super Eagles lose a third place playoffs.

Irrespective of the opponent faced, we have always outsmarted them. Mali, Senegal, Ghana and Tunisia have all been beaten at this stage.

It is not as good as winning the AFCON title. It’s however way better winning a third place playoffs than losing a title decider.

Goodluck to both Senegal and Algeria on Friday.


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