Abuja - Golden Eaglets’ prolific scorer, Victor Osimhen has equaled
the long-standing FIFA U-17 World Cup scoring record of nine goals in a
tournament following his goal in the 4-2 defeat of Mexico on Thursday at the
Estadio Municipal in Concepción.
The record was previously jointly held by Frenchman Florent Sinama
Pongolle and Ivorian Souleymane Coulibaly who were top scorers at the global
cadet championship at Trinidad & Tobago 2001 and Mexico 2011 respectively.
At Chile 2015, Osimhen had earlier achieved a rare feat of
equaling the seven- goal scoring record earlier achieved by the likes of
Nigeria’s Macauley Chrisantus (2007); Spain’s David (1997); Ghana’s Ismael Addo
(1999) and Sweden’s Berisha (2013).
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Osimhen, who is Golden Eaglets leading scorer going into Chile
2015 with a remarkable 41 goals in 73 international and domestic matches,
opened his Chile 2015 account with a goal in the 2-0 win over the USA on the
opening day. He continued with a brace in the 5-1 defeat of host Chile and was
also Nigeria’s scorer in the 2-1 loss to Croatia to round off the group phase.
He was also in superb form at the commencement of the knockout
stage, by grabbing the first hat trick of Chile 2015 in the crushing 6-0 defeat
of Australia in Round 16 and he followed up his act with a goal each in the 3-0
and 2-1 win against Brazil and Mexico respectively in the quarter and semi
With the final match yet to be played, Osimhen is now on the
threshold of history to break the record of most goals in a single tournament
at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.