FIFA Under-17 World Cup: Nigeria Conquers The World Again-Nigeria Youth football once has ruled the World as the nation’s Under-17 Youth team on Sunday night conquered Mali to win the World’s coveted FIFA Under-17 World cup.
The nation has made history by winning the cup five times, and has succeeded in retaining the cup after a hard fight to keep on what the team won in 2013.
Golden Eaglets as they are popularly called retained the cup (the FIFA U-17 World Cup version) title, tearing apart the ubbeaten in any game the current African Youth champions Mali, smashing their ego down in 2-0 defeat. The final whistle in Chile was met with a roaring applase across the World while the social Media has gone into frenzy of accolade and praises for our hero who laid their life to honour our nation.
Victor Osimhen struck in the 56th minutes of the game jsut as the team resumed their second half after a fruitless first half encounter. Four minutes to the resumption of the second half. In Barely three minutes after, wonderboy Funsho Bamgboye hit at the goal put Nigeria 2-0 ahead.
Osimhen scored his 10th goal of the tournament breaking the record laid by Florent Sinama-Pongole and Coulibaly, who scored nine goals each in previous tournaments.
This year’s final was the second all Africa final after Nigeria beat Ghana in 1993.
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Nigeria became only the second side to retain the FIFA U-17 World Cup with a 2-0 win against Mali in Vina Del Mar. Victor Osimhen stole the show once again thanks to his record-breaking tenth goal of the tournament, with Funsho Bamgboye adding a second moments later. Samuel Diarra had saved an early Osinachi Ebere penalty as the Malians played their part in an entertaining finale to Chile 2015.
The penalty came as both sides were just finding their rhythm in the opening exchanges, Chato the culprit with a handball. Ebere saw his low effort saved brilliantly by Diarra, the No17’s follow up header hit the bar before a third bite of the cherry was blocked by the Malian defence.
Both sides had chances in a tense opening period, with Golden Eaglets skipper Kelechi Nwakali hitting just wide and Boubacar Traore seeing his glancing header tipped over by Akpan Udoh.
The second half saw the game burst into life, with Emmanuel Amuneke’s words clearly working their magic on the Nigerian youngsters. Osimhen shrugged off the challenge of Mamadou Fofana before hitting a wonderful dipping half volley towards goal, which Diarra spectacularly saved. Udochukwu Anumudu then smashed a thunderous effort at goal, which rebounded back off the crossbar and was cleared away.
Mali did not heed those warnings. Good approach play by substitute Chinedu Madueke saw him tee up Osimhen for his record-breaking goal, seeing him surpass the nine goals scored by Florent Sinama Pongolle in 2001 and Souleymane Coulibaly ten years later.
The holders doubled their advantage mere minutes later, with Bamgboye bursting down the Nigerian left before smashing a powerful effort at goal, Diarra standing little chance.
Despite a couple of late chances for Mali, from corner kicks, Nigeria retained possession for large spells and saw the game out to retain their crown. The jubilant scenes on the final whistle in Vina Del Mar will surely live long in the memories of these Nigerian heroes of the present, some of whom may just become the stars of the future.