Eaglets Dominate U-17 World Cup Individual Honours

eagletsNigeria successfully defended their crown at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 and the Eaglets also dominated the individual honours at the tournament.

The Eaglets’ captain, Kelechi Nwakali won the adidas Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.

Victor Osimhen won the  adidas Silver Ball in addition to the the adidas Golden Boot which he earned courtesy his record-breaking 10 goals and two assists.

Mali’s forward, Aly Malle got the adidas Bronze Ball.

Nwakali told FIFA.com, “I thank God for the opportunity to win this award. It means so much.”

Giving the credit to his team-mates’ hard work and diligence throughout their time in Chile, he said, “Right from the game against the USA, when we arrived in Chile, our aim was to defend the trophy.

“We believed the only way we could do this was hard work. We approached each game with hard work and seriousness. Any team that came to Chile worked for it.”

Other award winners are:

adidas Silver Boot: Johannes Eggestein (Germany/4 goals, 0 assists)

adidas Bronze Boot: Kelechi Nwakali (Nigeria/3 goals, 3 assists)

adidas Golden Glove: Samuel Diarra (Mali)

FIFA Fair Play Award: Ecuador

Eaglets Beat Mexico, Through To U-17 World Cup Final

EagletsThe Golden Eaglets of Nigeria beat Mexico 4-2 in the early hours of Friday in the second semi final of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile.

Two late goals from leading top scorer Victor Osimhen and Osinachi Ebere gave Nigeria victory over the Mexicans.

Nigeria had fallen behind in the 7th minute with Kevin Magana taking advantage of a defensive lapse.

Nwakali leveled up with a 25-yard free kick in the 35th minute and in the 43rd, Okonkwo finished beautifully to put Nigeria in the lead for the first time.

Mexico were back in the game again in the 60th minute through Diego Cortes’ solo run that saw him dribble past five players before slotting home.

Osinachi Ebere, however, restored the Eaglets’ lead seven minutes after and the tournament’s leading scorer, Victor Osimhen sealed the victory burying an 83rd minute penalty, after John Lazarus had been taken down in the Mexican penalty area.

With nine goals, Osimhen has now equaled Florent Pongolle and Souleymane Coulibaly’s record of most goals in a Under-17 World Cup tournament.

Nigeria is set for an all-African final against Mali on Sunday in Vina Del Mar. Mexico will face Belgium in the third place match.

Under-17 World Cup: Mali Joins Nigeria In Semi-Final

Under-17The Malian Under-17 have joined their fellow Africans, Nigeria in qualifying for the semi-final of the 2015 Under-17 World Cup.

Mali’s miserly defence continued in their 1-0 victory over Croatia, with Les Aigles stretching their impressive run without conceding to almost five hours.

Sekou Koita’s first-half effort was enough to see off the Europeans, despite a booking for captain Abdoul Dante meaning their leader and defensive organiser would miss the historic semi-final.

This is their first FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final.

Nigeria had earlier on Sunday night punished Brazil’s profligacy and strolled into the last-four with a 3-0 victory.

With eight semi-finals for holders Nigeria, they have now set a FIFA U-17 World Cup record, after surpassing Brazil by beating them in the Chile 2015 quarter-final.

Under-17 World Cup: Golden Eaglets Beat Brazil 3-0

EagletsThe Golden Eaglets of Nigeria have defeated the Brazilian Under-17 3-0 in their quarter final match on Sunday.

The Brazilians started as the brighter side but once the Eaglets settled, the momentum switched in their favour.

Victor Osimeh put the Eaglets ahead in the 29th minute and it took less than a minute for Kingsley Dogo Michael to double the lead.

With two goals within a minute, the Eaglets were able to play some good football and in the process damaging their opponents’ confidence.

Udochukwu Anumudu made it 3-0 in the 34th minute to complete a dream first half that saw them scoring three goals in the space of five minutes.

The Brazilians fought hard in the second half for a possible comeback but all efforts were futile as the Nigerian boys remained well organised.

The four-time world champions will play the winners of Monday’s quarterfinal between Mexico and Ecuador for a place in the championship final in Chile.

The semi-final will be at Concepcion on Thursday.

Acting FIFA President Issa Hayatou Arrives In Zurich

HayatouThe President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Issa Hayatou arrived at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on Thursday, after having assumed the office of FIFA President on an interim basis on October 8.

Fifa.com reports that he was welcomed by Acting Secretary General, Markus Kattner, and addressed the organisation’s staff before spending the rest of the day in the office.

“It’s certainly an unprecedented situation for FIFA,” said Hayatou. “But we remain focused on the necessary reform process, the Presidential election and on supporting the current investigations.

“To restore public trust is a crucial objective. It is essential that FIFA carries on its mission of developing the game and staging international tournaments.”

Acting Secretary General Markus Kattner discussed the main administrational matters with Hayatou and provided an overview of FIFA’s activities over the next few months.

“Operationally, FIFA is working well, as it should, and the best example is the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is about to kick-off in Chile”, said Kattner.

“On top of that, the FIFA World Cup qualifiers are taking place and over one million spectators attended matches this week in Asia. Our football development activities across the globe continue apace and our preparations for the upcoming FIFA Club World Cup in Japan and the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2015 are also progressing well.”

Acting President Issa Hayatou will remain in Zurich until next week, when he will lead the Extraordinary Executive Committee meeting on Tuesday, October 20 at the Home of FIFA.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Golden Eaglets Leave For Chile

Golden Eaglets To Leave For ChileUnder-17 world champions, the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria would leave for Santiago in Chile on Tuesday evening.

The world champions’ arrival on the South American continent is ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup which would hold from October 17 to November 8.

The team on Monday, rounded off their tour of Argentina with a convincing 2-1 win over the U-20 side of racing club of Buenos Aires, as Victor Osimhen and Funso Bamgboye scored the goals for the Eaglets.

Golden Eaglets coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, described the impressive performance of team as very encouraging, adding that the pre-World Cup camping in Buenos Aires had added value to the team’s preparation ahead of Chile 2015.

The world champions have been drawn against USA, Croatia and hosts, Chile in Group A of the World Cup tournament.