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Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets Win The Fifa U-17 World Cup!
The Nigeria Golden Eaglets, are the African nation’s under-17 team, took the FIFA U17 World Cup title when they beat Mali 2-0 on Sunday, November 8, 2015.
The team has successfully secured their World Cup honor for the fifth time. The first half of the tournament was relatively level when Nigeria missed a penalty within the first four minutes but, Victor Osimhen successfully broke the gridlock 56 minutes into the competition and a few brief minutes later, the Eaglets found themselves ahead by two goals. From that point forward the Nigeria Eaglets were on fire, ensuring they not only won their fifth FIFA U-17 World Cup title, but making sure they retained the title for the 2015 FIFA football season.
Osimhen not only brought the team into their fifth World Cup victory, he also broke the record for being the first top score holder when he scored his 10th goal during the competition. To date it’s the most goals achieved by a single player in one solitary FIFA World Cup tourney. Sunday’s victory against Mali at Vina Del Mar also set another precedent. It’s the first time two teams from the same confederation faced each other in 22 years. The last time Ghana and Nigeria met in the finals was in 1993.
It’s the first time the Malian side as reached the finals of any FIFA tournament, the countries team placed third during the U-20 World Cup held in New Zealand a few months ago, and thanks to the teams coach, Baye Ba, the team made it one step further with another win in Chile. Unfortunately for the Mali team, it wasn’t quite enough to catapult the team to a win on Sunday against the Eaglets.
The Golden Eaglet’s achieved their four previous titles when they shattered West Germany 2-0 in Beijing in 1985, their West African rival Ghana 2-1 in Tokyo in 1993, beat Mexico in Seoul in 2007 going on to spank Mexico again 3-0 in the Championship in Abu Dhabi. Many of the team’s players also won individual awards in most of the categories. Osimhen was awarded the golden boot for being the highest scorer as well as the Silver Ball, Kelechi Nwakali was awarded the Bronze Boot as well as the Golden Ball for Most Valuable Player, and Ally Malle received the Mali Bronze Ball award.
The Eaglets have never lost to an African nation in the FIFA tournaments. It appears this will hold true for some time to come after Sunday’s FIFA U-17 World Cup and they are only the second country after Brazil to achieve back-to-back wins in the intern World Cup. Things are looking great for the young athletes that the Nigeria team is consist of.