Commendation, jubilation as Golden Eaglets grab 5th World Cup

By Editor on 09/11/2015

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President Muhammadu Buhari had congratulated the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria on their victory over Mali in the final match of the 2015 Under-17 FIFA World Cup tournament in Chile.

In a statement by Mr Femi Adesina, who is his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, President Buhari, on behalf of Nigerians and the Federal Government, applauded the “exemplary zeal, determination, commitment, hard work, patriotism and soccer artistry” which the youthful Golden Eaglets put on display throughout the tournament  to win the championship for a record fifth time.

The President also noted with delight that the Golden Eaglets not only won the coveted Under-17 FIFA World Cup, but they are also bringing home highly-valued individual awards such as the Golden Boot won by Victor Osimhen for being the tournament’s highest goal scorer and the Golden Ball, won by the team captain, Kelechi Nwakali for being the best player.

President Buhari believes that by their triumph in Chile, the Golden Eaglets have shown the world that the indomitable Nigerian spirit is alive and waxing stronger.

For the President, the Golden Eaglets’ latest victory on the global stage is an affirmation of the significant progress Nigeria is now making towards positively redefining and rediscovering its potential for greatness in the comity of nations.

President Buhari trusts that if all other Nigerians could imbibe and exhibit the doggedness, determination and patriotism displayed by their youthful compatriots in Chile, Nigeria would make faster progress towards becoming the strong, united, peaceful, secure and prosperous nation envisioned by its people.

The President awaits the Golden Eaglets’ triumphant return to a heroes’ welcome from a joyous and grateful nation.

Nigeria's Golden Eaglets emerged champions of the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Chile after defeating Mali 2-0.

The Cup triumph means that the Nigerians have successfully defended the title they won two years ago in the UAE.

Two quickfire second half goals from Victor Osimhen and Funsho Bamgboye ensured that Emmanuel Amuneke's men cruised to victory as Nigeria claimed their fifth world title at under-17 level.

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The Nigerians should have gone in front in the fourth minute of the game but Osinachi Ebere's spot kick was saved by the Malian goalkeeper, Samuel Diarra, after Chato handled the ball in his box.

Ebere had a second bite on the cherry to score from Diarra's save but his header just grazed the crossbar and bounced back into play before the Malian goalkeeper then claimed the ball later.

Boubacar Traore then forced Nigeria goalkeeper Akpan Udoh into making a big save.

The Malians made life a bit difficult for Nigeria by pressing them very high and that denied the world champions the chance to express themselves.

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The defending champions were always second best when it came to the second balls as the Malians looked quicker in winning the ball in such battles.

The high-pressing Malians reduced Nigeria with trying from range as Kelechi Nwakali produced a screamer but saw it go off target though Diarra had his goal covered.

Funsho Bamgboye should have given Nigeria the lead with eight minutes to the break but his headed attempt was cleared for a corner after superb work from Samuel Chukwueze.

Just before the break, the tournament leading scorer Osimhen had his first real attempt at goal and though the effort of the Nigerian striker looked to be heading off target, Diarra refused to be caught unawares as he sprawled on the turf to turn the ball away to safety.

The Golden Eaglets started the second 45 minutes better as Chukwueze and Osimhen made Diarra pull off two saves within eight minutes of the restart.

The champions continued to dominate and it was Udochukwu Anumudu's turn to have a go at the Malians.

Nigeria opened score in the 56th minute and it had to be Osimhen who rifled the ball past Diarra from Chinedu Madueke's low cross.

The goal was Osimhen's 10th of the tournament and it meant the 16-year-old forward has set a new record of scoring the most goals in a single Fifa Under-17 World Cup edition.

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Posted on November, 9 2015

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