Abuja - The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in
Chile, making it the fifth time that the country would pick up the global cadet
After a first half of even exchanges, the Golden Eaglets came into
the second half with a firm plan to quickly wrap it up, and Victor Osimhen and
Udochukwu Anumudu had come quite close before Osimhen broke the deadlock in the
56th minute, off a pass from the right channel by substitute Madueke.
The goal was Osimhen’s 10th of the competition – the highest by
any player in the championship’s 30 –year history. He also scored in every
single match played by the Eaglets.
Funsho Bamgboye, from the famous Aspire Academy, sealed it with a
fierce shot into the roof of the net three minutes later, after an
uncharacteristic mistake by Mali goalkeeper Sammy Diarra.
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Victory also meant that after 30 years, President Muhammadu Buhari
would receive the trophy a second time, having first received the inaugural
trophy in 1985 as military Head of State.
The Eaglets success was also the first by Nigeria outside the
Asian continent – all four previous wins having been achieved in China (1985),
Japan (1993), Korea Republic (2007) and United Arab Emirates (2013).
The Eaglets march to the trophy was truly golden, with 23 goals
scored in seven matches, and only five conceded.
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 alongside the Top Scorer’s gong. Mali’s Aly Malle was third.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick was a proud man as he joined the top
dignitaries in giving out the medals at the Estadio Sausalito in Vina del Mar.
As the Eaglets Head Coach, Emmanuel Amuneke came forward, Pinnick
hugged the former FC Barcelona winger and 1994 African Footballer of the Year,
saying: “You are a great man. You have done a marvelous job and Nigeria is
proud of you.”