Nigeria 4 Zambia 0: Nigeria player ratings

Nigeria got their Africa Women Cup of Nations campaign back on track with am emphatic win against Zambia.

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Washington Spirits forward Francisca Ordega atoned for her poor performance against South Africa with a goal and an assist, but Asisat Oshoala’s misery in front of goal continued.

Here, we give each Nigeria player a rating out of 10 for their performance.

Tochukwu Oluehi

Aside charging off her goal line to clear a loose ball and punching a cornerkick, the goalkeeper was barely involved.


Faith Ikidi

Worked hard to stop the Shepolopolo players. Picked up a knock during an aerial contest, and was replaced by Josephine Chukwunonye immediately after the break.


Onome Ebi

Looked composed. Denied by goalkeeper Hazel Nali after connecting with Ngozi Okobi’s corner.


Osinachi Ohale

Instead of playing the ball forward after receiving a pass from Ebi, she tried to dribble past two players. That nearly proved costly, as she was dispossessed in the process. Other than that moment of indiscretion, she was solid.


Ngozi Ebere

Had nervy moments. She didn’t add much to the attack, but it was a performance better than the one against Banyana Banyana.


Halimatu Ayinde

Won most of her tackles.


Rita Chikwelu

Largely ineffective. Tumbled on three occasions. She struggled all evening, like she did against Desiree Ellis’ side on Sunday — perhaps an indicator that her body can’t meet the demands of international football anymore.


Ngozi Okobi

Taking Rasheedat Ajibade’s place in the starting XI, the World Cup star impressed. She was denied by Nali in the second half. Her deliveries from the corner spot were excellent.


Francisca Ordega

A surprise inclusion in the starting XI given her poor showing in the first game, but redeemed herself with a goal and an assist.


Asisat Oshoala

The reigning Africa footballer of the year missed half a dozen of clearcut chances. Bagged an assist, though.


Desire Oparanozie

Scored the opener from close range and hit the upright.



Josephine Chukwunonye

Composed at the back. Joined the attack quite often. Excellent performance from the defender.


Rasheedat Ajibade

Netted Nigeria’s third with a thunderous shot. Brought energy into the team.


Amarachi Okoronkwo

Scored Nigeria’s last goal.