Flying Eagles Edge Closer To Zambia 2017

flying eaglesNigeria’s U-20 team, the Flying Eagles are optimistic that a place at the Africa U-20 Cup of Nations, Zambia 2017 is within grasp as they confront visiting Young Falcons of Sudan at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Saturday.

The Emmanuel Amuneke-tutored side won the first leg in Khartoum 2-1 two weeks ago and are tipped as favourites to reach the finals coming up in Zambia next year.

Samuel Chukwueze and Victor Osimhen scored as the Flying Eagles came from behind to defeat their hosts in Khartoum, and both players are in top shape for Saturday’s clash.

Osimhen, was a record scorer at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2015, hitting 10 goals in Chile as Nigeria roared to a fifth triumph. Chukwueze’s goals also counted and he scooped the bronze boot as the third highest scorer of the tournament.

The Young Falcons have a mountain to climb against a squad that is not used to tasting defeat.

Amuneke has come to this level with the bulk of the boys who did Nigeria proud in Chile, and have maintained an unbeaten streak ever since.

Nigeria Golden Eaglets To Begin Training On May 8

EagletsNigeria’s Under-17 team, the Golden Eaglets, will open training camp in Abuja on May 8 with 40 invited players.

The reigning world champions will begin the qualifying tournament for the African U-17 Championship that will hold in August.

Coach Manu Garba will take charge of the team after Emmanuel Amuneke was promoted with his team to the U-20 side.

Manu will also conduct open screening at the FIFA Goal Project in Abuja.

Officials have confirmed that players born after January 1, 2000, are eligible for the screening.

Nigeria won the FIFA U-17 World Cup a record fifth time at the last edition held in Chile in 2015.

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

Dogara Congratulates Golden Eaglets

Dogara Congratulates Golden EagletsThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated Nigeria’s Under-17 national team, the Golden Eaglets over their victory at the world championship in Chile.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr Turaki Hassan, on Monday, Dogara said that the Golden Eaglets have done Nigeria and Nigerians proud.

“I congratulate the nation’s U17 national team over this historic victory over Mali.

“You have done us proud and demonstrated that with hard-work and unity of purpose, we can surmount our challenges and emerge victorious as a nation.

“I doff my hat for these young patriots who have written their names in gold in the annals of Nigeria’s soccer history”, he said.

The Speaker who hailed the ‘indomitable team spirit’ exhibited by the players throughout the tournament, said that the team played the classical Nigerian pattern of football against their opponents.

“Special congratulation goes to the technical team led by Emmanuel Amuneke who put in so much effort in selecting the winning team.

“I want to use this medium to call on authorities of the nation’s football and other sports to harness talents of young men and women in our country”, Dogara said.

He said that football has over time proved to be one thing that had continued to unite Nigerians.

“We should emulate the Golden Eaglets who, though of different background and religion, put aside their difference to win this prestigious trophy for Nigeria.

“These young men have proved their mettle, we all need to encourage them to go for higher heights. I look forward to meeting with the team when they return home”, he added.

He noted that the task ahead of the Golden Eaglets’ handlers is to keep the team together and groom them for bigger competitions in the future.

Dogara added, “Nigeria has abundant sporting talents with potentials to rule the world if properly harnessed”.

The Golden Eaglets on Monday, retained their U-17 World Cup title after beating African champions Mali 2-0 in the final in Chile.

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.

Amuneke Believes Eaglets Are Candidates For Title

Amuneke Believes Eaglets Are Candidates For TitleGolden Eaglets coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, has said that his team are title contenders at the ongoing FIFA u-17 World Cup.

This came as the Eaglets cruised to the quarter finals of the competition following the victory against Australia in Vina Del Mar on Thursday morning in the round of 16.

A hat-trick from Victor Osimhen and other goals from the trio of Kelechi Nwakali, Edidiong Essien and Samuel Chukwueze ensured that Nigeria maintained her long time dominance over the Aussies who were initially seen as a tricky side.

However, Coach Amuneke said that the philosophy of his team was to play collectively, though he admitted that Victor Osimhen, who scored a hat-trick had a great game.

The Eaglets, who had scored 14 goals, have become the first team to score six goals in a FIFA U-17 World Cup knock out phase as they attempt to win the trophy for the fifth time.

The Nigerian team are due to face the Brazilian side in the quarter finals on Sunday, November 1.

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.

Golden Eaglets Know Foes on Thursday

golden_eagletsWorld Champions, Golden Eaglets of Nigeria, will know their group phase opponents on Thursday when the draw for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup holds in Santiago, Chile.

According to the Nigerian Football Federation’s (NFF) website, the official draw is scheduled to take place at the massive Art Centre 660 at 20:00hrs local time (12:00 midnight in Nigeria).

There are 24 countries to participate where they would be drawn into six groups of four teams each.

The Golden Eaglets’ Head Coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, has also expressed optimism that the Nigerian youngsters would be ready to defend their title.

“We are waiting to see who and who we are going to meet after the draw on Thursday,” said the former African Footballer of the Year.

“Though we don’t have the luxury of choosing the teams we want. We are preparing well for the tournament and we would be ready to give a good account of ourselves.”

Nigeria, who won the title for a record four times and host Chile, will be the seeded teams in their groups.

The tournament will be held between October 17 and November 8 across eight Chilean cities, namely La Serena, Coquimbo, Vina Del Mar, Chillan, Talca, Santiago De Chile, Concepcion and Puerto Montt.

Okorocha Rewards Four Imo-Born Eaglets With Cash And Property

The Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, has showered the sum of N1 million each to four players of the Golden Eaglets’ team and the sum of N2 million to the assistant coach who are indigenes of Imo state.

While receiving four of the players Kelechi Iheanacho, Chidiebere Nwakali, Chidera Ezeh and Uzoha Odinaka alongside the team’s Assistant Coach, Emmanuel Amuneke at the Government House in Owerri the Imo state capital, the governor congratulated the players for making the state and the entire continent proud in the just concluded U-17 World Cup competition in Dubai.

He said it is a great honour for the state under his administration, that out of the 26 goals scored by Nigeria at the competition, 9 goals were scored by indigenes of the state.

The governor said apart from the cash gift to the players and their coach, the state government is also giving them a piece of land each in choice areas within the capital city and also take up the responsibility of their education up to tertiary level.

One of the players, Kelechi Iheanacho, won the most valuable player at the tournament, expressed joy over his success and shared his experience at the competition.

The players and coach, who arrived from Abuja through the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri, alongside the deputy governor of the state, Eze Madumere were driven in a motorcade round the city before moving to the Government House to meet the governor.

I Didn’t Place 1 Million Euro Price Tag

Meanwhile, the father of Kelechi Iheanacho, Mr. James Iheanacho has debunked allegations that he has slammed a one million euro price tag on his son, describing the rumour as “untrue and all lies perpetrated from the camp of his enemies”.

Speaking to our Imo state correspondent from his home in Owerri, Iheanacho Snr. said he was “shocked and surprised” to read on the pages of the dailies that he has placed a huge sum on his son adding that there was never a time he “discussed such issue with any agent or person” as regards placing such amount on his son.

He said it is obvious that such evil lie is coming from the camp of his enemies who are not happy with the present success of his son and are out to tarnish the image of his family.

 

AFCON 2013: Burkina Faso claim late draw against Nigeria

Alain Traore stabbed in with the last kick of the game to give Burkina Faso a 1-1 draw against Nigeria in a Nations Cup clash on Monday night.

The Super Eagles controlled the opening exchanges but did not go on to break the deadlock until the 22nd minute. Brown Ideye managed to flick the ball on for Spartak Moscow striker Emmanuel Emenike, who in turn poked it into the net from close range.

While Nigeria continued to be the dominant force, they failed to add to their tally before the half-time whistle.

Ikechukwu Uche had a good chance to claim a second for the Eagles after the restart, but he shot wide from just two yards out with 65 minutes on the clock.

Then, eight minutes later the Greens found themselves a man light when Celtic’s Efe Ambrose was handed a second yellow card for a challenge on Paul Koulibaly.

Despite the fact that they were at a numerical disadvantage, Nigeria still looked the more likely to score the game’s second goal. However, poor finishing, particularly from John Obi Mikel, meant that they failed to find the net.

Their failure to do so was punished four minutes in stoppage time when Auxerre’s Traore found himself unmarked 10 yards from goal and he responded by rolling the ball into the net.

The result leaves Group C all square, after Zambia and Ethiopia also drew 1-1 earlier on in the day.

Golden Eaglets ready to take Niger for Under 17 Championship

Golden eaglets’ assistant coach, Emmanuel Amuneke has says the team would be ready to take on Niger Republic in the first round fixture of the 10th African Under 17 Championships to be held in Morocco in 2013.

The Golden Eaglets will travel to Niger on the weekend   of September 7th and 9th, this year, for the first leg match while the reverse home fixture comes up on the weekend of September 21st and 23rd.

Amuneke says the technical crew knows how crucial the qualifiers were as both sides have failed to qualify for the last two editions of the African Under17 Championship.

Meanwhile, the Confederation for African Football (CAF) has already drawn Guinea bye to the second round to meet the winner of the first round fixture between Nigeria and Niger.