Super Eagles’ Olisa Ndah praised as Orlando Pirates lose Confederations Cup final in Uyo

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The 24-year-old’s prowess in central defence for Orlando Pirates was nothing, but deserving of a title.

Super Eagles defender Olisa Ndah was a beckon of light for Orlando Pirates fans on Friday as the team lost the 2022 CAF Confederations Cup title to Morocco’s RS Berkane.

The Moroccans won their second continental title in three years at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria after defeating Orlando Pirates 1-1 (5-4 on penalties).

Orlando Pirates came into the game with the hope of winning the title, having finished as runners up in 2015, but failed to win the shootouts despite equalizing deep into extra-time thanks to Thembinkosi Lorch’s goal.

Plaudits flow for Ndah despite heartbreaking return

For Ndah, it was a chance to win a second title in front of the Uyo fans, after he won his first: the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with Uyo-based Akwa United last season.

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But while his return to a familiar ground ended as a night of disappointment for him, the centre back was praised for his role in ensuring the Bucs maintained a solid backline.

During his 120 minutes on the field, the former Akwa United defender won nine (9) of the 12 duels he contested on the pitch and in the air, while also recording four (4) clearances, two (2) interceptions, two (2) tackles, and one (1) blocked shot.

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From his defensive position as a centre-back, he also executed one (1) dribble, was fouled once (1), and produced nine (9) successful long balls, leaving social media users to describe him as “a Rolls-Royce of a defender.”

Below are more posts from social media users concerning Ndah’s performance, with some claiming that he deserves a transfer to Europe as soon as possible.

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