•Bassey top tackler; Troost-Ekong aerial duels

Nigeria booked a place in the quarterfinals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations after a comfortable 2-0 win over Cameroon on Saturday night, with Atalanta striker Ademola Lookman at the double.

And according to allnigeriasoccer.com key statistics, attack-minded player, Ademola Lookman showed the other side of his game by committing a joint game-high five fouls. He was the dirtiest player on parade along with Cameroon duo Frank Magri and Christopher Wooh.

Nigeria’s two-goal hero also registered the most key passes (2), an honour he shared with Moumi Ngamaleu, and played the most shots (3) with two ending up in the back of the net.

William Troost-Ekong’s seven aerial duels won was a game-high figure, followed by Victor Osimhen (5), Calvin Bassey (4) and Semi Ajayi (4).

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The Napoli superstar was targeted by the Cameroonian defenders, winning a game-high six fouls.

When it came to tackles, Calvin Bassey was the top player with four, level with Cameroon’s Oumar Gonzalez.

There was a three-way tie for the player with the most dribbles: Bassey Frank Anguissa and Moumi Ngamaleu with two each. Bassey continues to see the ball often at the AFCON with the no-nonsense central defender registering team-high most touches for the third consecutive match. Against Cameroon, he registered 71 touches, two less than the top player in that department Frank Anguissa. Five players registered two interceptions each: Alex Iwobi, Zaidu Sanusi, Frank Onyeka, Olivier Ntcham and Moumi Ngamaleu.

Troost-Ekong registered team-high five clearances. Jean-Charles Castelletto led the way with six.

As for pass completion rate, Moses Simon (87.5 percent) was the second best of those players that started the game, behind only Frank Anguissa (88.7 percent).