Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets, in the early hours of Monday, won the FIFA U-17 World Cup by beating fellow African rivals, Mali, 2-0 in the finals of the competition, which held in Chile, South America.
Two second half goals from lethal striker Victor Osimhen, who scored in the 56th minute of action, and Funsho Bamgboye, who added another in the 59th minute, were enough for the Coach Emmanuel Amuneke tutored boys to win the title back-to-back.
Osimhen’s ten goals,the highest at the tournament, made him to emerge not only as the Golden Boot winner, but also the highest goal scorer by an individual player at a FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament.
After a largely even first half contest in which Nigeria missed a penalty inside the first four minutes, Golden Eaglets gangling striker, Victor Osimhen, broke the deadlock in the 56th minute; and three minutes later Nigeria were two goals up as Funsho Bamgboye increased the tally.
With Monday’s victory at the Estadio Sausalito in Vina del Mar, Nigeria are now the only country after Brazil to record back-to-back wins in FIFA’s cadet World Cup.
The Eagles’ talismanic Coach Amuneke is a former African Footballer of the Year, ex-Barcelona star and star of the 1994 African Cup of Nations Super Eagles winning team and the 1996 Nigerian Olympic Gold winning Dream Team.
He had set the tournament on fire by ensuring that his side defeated Chile 5-1 in their second group phase match, Australia 6-0 in the second round, and almighty Brazil 3-0 in the quarter finals.
Prior to winning the 2015 edition, the Golden Eaglets had won the maiden edition in 1985 in Beijing, China, beating Germany 2-0 in the finals when, incidentally, current President Muhammadu Buhari was Nigeria’s military Head of State.
The Eaglets went on to win subsequent editions by beating Ghana, 2-1 in 1993 in Tokyo, Japan; Mexico on penalties in Seoul in 2007; and Mexico 3-0 in Abu Dhabi, UAE, at the last last tournament.