The Golden Eaglets, have for the fifth time, won this year’s FIFA U17 world cup which was held in Chile. With a 2-0 win over Mali.
After winning in 1985, 1993,
2007 and 2013, history has yet again repeated its course.
The teenage boys with their youthful display of strength and patriotic efforts have once again made the nation proud by bringing home the most desired trophy.
This tournament was particularly spectacular following the Golden Eaglet’s amazing performance which saw them through major high held football-playing countries like USA, Chile (the host country), Croatia (only team that led us with one goal in the entire tournament),the football champions, Brazil the almighty Mexico and finally, Mali, our African brothers.
The beautiful thing about this U17 world cup is that two African countries paved their way through to the finals.
It was basically an All-African decider as reported by FIFA. ( I hope FOX, BBC, CNN and the entire western media remember to air this.)
Some of our footballers include Kelechi Nwakali (team captain ) as well as striker
Victor Osimhen, who is currently the highest goal scorer in the tournament, with 10 goals scored in each match possessing the first hat-trick of u17
Chile 2015 in the destructive 6-0 defeat of Australia.
Osimhen lived up to expectations with a goal each in the
3-0, 2-1 and 2-0 win against Brazil,Mexico and Mali in the quarter, semi-finals and finals respectively; breaking France’s Florent Sinama Pongelle and Cote D Voire’s Souleymane Coulibaly record of 9 goals in 2001( Trinidad nd Tobago) and 2011( Mexico) respectively.
not forgetting Ebere Osinachi (Striker),
goalkeepers Akpan Udoh and Amos Benjamin,
defenders Halilu Lukman and Lazarus John,
midfielder Kingsley Michael and strikers Orji Okonkwo and Samuel Chukwueze.
Midfielder Chinedu Madueke and Sunday Alimi.
New kids on the block are defenders David Enogela,
Ibe Tobechukwu and Ejike Ikwu. Funsho Bamgboye,
Chukwudi Agor, Joel Osikel, Edidiong Essien and
Udochukwu Anumudu. Coached by Emmanuel Amuneke.
Emmanuel Amuneke’s effort as coach was grossly displayed proving by their coordination and strategic formation. After the win, he laughed for the first time in this tournament.
Also, not only would our players be coming home with the trophy but with a golden boot and a golden ball as well.
The golden eaglets always give us a reason to fall in love with African football irrespective of the cries of wounded Lions suggesting cases of age cheat.
However, the young faces and agility of these boys sends all waging tongues to blazes. As they were said to be the youngest team in the tournament.
It’s #TeamAfrica and #TeamNigeria all the way.
I believe in Nigeria,
I believe in Africa.
God bless Nigeria .
Your humble sweetheart,