Nwabali, Troost, Bassey: Nigerians hail Super Eagles defence as best in Africa after silencing Angola

Nwabali, Troost, Bassey: Nigerians hail Super Eagles defence as best in Africa after silencing Angola

Ifeanyi Ufomadu 20:01 - 02.02.2024

Nigeria's Super Eagles have kept the most clean sheets at AFCON 2023 and have been praised for having the strongest defensive unit on the continent.

Nigeria's Super Eagles have exhibited exceptional defensive prowess at AFCON 2023, and are yet to concede a goal since Jose Peseiro's strategic shift to a back three.

The defensive trio of Troost-Ekong, Semi Ajayi, and Calvin Bassey, alongside goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali, has proven formidable, helping to keep the most clean sheets in the tournament (4).

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Their defensive resilience was notably on display in a well-deserved 1-0 triumph over Angola, securing a spot in the semi-finals.

Super Eagles defender Calvin Bassey. (Photo Credit: SSE/X)

Calvin Bassey, in particular, has stood out, not only providing defensive stability but also showcasing adept ball progression skills.

Nigerians praise Nwabali Troost-Ekong and Calvin Bassey

Nigerians took to social media to praise the defensive efforts of the Super Eagles defenders against Cameroon and in the competition.


If Nigeria is to go all the way and win the AFCON, it will be because of their defenders. Another proof that a good back line wins you tough games./titles!

— Tom (@tom_adwar) January 27, 2024



Ola Aina was so solid in defense!
Calvin Bassey dropped a masterclass.
Troost Ekong, Captain Fantastic!
Osimhen pressure got to the Cameroonian defenders!
Lookman masterclass!

Amazing game from Nigeria to end it 2-0 and qualify to the Quarterfinals! pic.twitter.com/hjdBBQz5bs

— 𝐂𝐇𝐀𝐑𝐋𝐄𝐒 (@ChaaliiyKay) January 27, 2024



Nigeria defenders are very very strong and tough #NGACMR

— Ovie• (@_kingvik) January 27, 2024



If we enter semi final, na Nigeria defenders go dominate TEAM OF THE TOURNAMENT

— Peter Baddie (@mr_headies) January 27, 2024


Nigeria will hope to continue their defensive masterclass in the semi-final.

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