Nigeria Wins FIFA U17 Football tournament
For the fifth time the Nigerian Golden Eaglets became only the second side to retain the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a 2-0 win against Mali in Vina Del Mar. Nigeria won in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013, and now in 2015 in Chile.
The Nigerian team won the maiden edition of FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1985 in China, the fifth edition of the tournament in 1993 in Japan, the twelfth edition of the tournament in 2007 in South Korea, the fifteenth held in the United Arab Emirates 2013 and again the sixteenth in Chile 2015.
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets defeated Mali 2-0 in the Chile Finals. The Nigerians have successfully defended the title they won two years ago(2013) in the UAE. Enroute the golden tournament, the Eaglets defeated USA (6-0) and Chile (5-1) before failing to a surprise defeat to Croatia (1-2) in the final group stages. From then on, the Eaglets became unplayable and showed their supremacy by defeating the likes of Australia 6-0 in the round of 16, Brazil 3-0 in the Quarter finals and Mexico 4 – 2 in the Semis.
Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen won the golden boot, thanks to his record-breaking tenth goal of the tournament in the finals. Smooth-playing Eaglets captain Kelechi Nwakali was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament, as Osimhen also picked up the Second Best Player award whilst Mali’s Aly Malle was third best.
Nigerian fans trooped out en masse to cheer and hug the Golden Eaglets players and officials, who also posed for pictures with supporters. It gives us great joy to see Nigerians come out in big numbers to celebrate the team’s success,” coach Emmanuel Amuneke. “Football is a powerful force and the win in Chile shows how successful we can be as a nation if we all work together for a common goal. We thank everyone for a great welcome and their incredible support during and after the tournament.” Congrats to our own golden, Golden Eaglets.
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