FIFA U-17 World Cup: Nigeria Qualify Despite 2-1 Loss To Australia

 

Nigeria’s golden eaglets lost to Australia 2-1 in a dead rubber third group B match at the ongoing FIFA U-17 world cup at the Estadio Bezerrao in Brazil.

A goal by Peter Olawale was not enough to overturn the brace from Australia’s Noah Botic, which ensured a first-ever win for the Aussies over Nigeria at the FIFA U-17 World Cup, after six attempts.

The golden eaglets failed to pull a comeback, unlike the other two group fixtures which they recorded victories, but secured six points from a possible nine, and finished top of the group

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Coach Manu Garba’s boys could not be overtaken by Ecuador’s 3-2 victory over Hungary in the other group game played simultaneously due to a superior goal advantage.

Nigeria will play their round of 16 match on November 5.

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Nigeria Battle Hungary In Opener

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The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria will tackle Hungary in the opening game in Group B of the FIFA U17 World Cup taking place in Brazil.

The five – time world champions touched down in Goiania on Tuesday from Sao Paulo, the city they had their training tour and the team swung into action with training session in preparation for the class against the East European side.

Coach Manu Garba and his assistants have restated their determination to ensure a successful outing and making sure that no stone is left unturned as they continue to impart tactical and technical knowledge to the players ahead of the game against Hungary.

Garba who described the Hungary tie is very important tie said that “winning the opening game is crucial in building the confidence level in the team.”

“We are looking forward to the game against Hungary with great expectations of having a good game and winning the maximum points at stake,” he stated.

Speaking further, he said: “Any team from Europe that qualified for a tournament like this, must definately be a good side, but we will approach the game with every seriousness it deserves to give Nigerians back home something positive to cheer at the end of 90 minutes.”

Both teams are not new to each other as the Golden Eaglets defeated Hungary 3-1 at the quarter – final stage of the maiden edition of the tournament in 1985 enroute to becoming the first country to win the tournament, after the team defeated Germany 2-0 in the final.

The quest for the Eaglets to conquer the world again begin in few hours time and dispatching Hungary will indeed be a strong display of intent towards winning a sixth world title, after victories in 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013 and 2015.

Nigeria will also play Ecuador and Australia in the group phase.

Eaglets Seal World Cup Ticket After 1-1 Draw With Uganda

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Two-time African champions, the Golden Eaglets Nigeria have finished as winners of Group A at the ongoing Africa U17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania after forcing Uganda to a 1-1 draw at the Chamazi Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

The result also sealed Nigeria’s place at the 18th Edition of the Fifa U-17 World Cup that will take place in Brazil.

In a pattern that has stuck with them since the tournament began, the Golden Eaglets created a basketful of chances, wasting them one after the other, starting from Akinkunmi Amoo’s poor touch after a sweet team move in the 17th minute.

Three minutes later, Wisdom Ubani lashed a shot narrowly over the bar from a free-kick, and at the other end, Uganda came close to taking the lead when Samson Kasozi headed the ball against the upright from a corner.

Nigeria had another narrow escape in the 25th minute as the East Africans put their feet on the throttle. Four minutes later, Amoo wasted too much time when clear on goal, and on the dot of half time, with the goal at his mercy, the striker headed the ball far away from goal.

Uganda’s goalkeeper Jack Komakech saved from Fawaz Abdullahi and Ubani within two minutes of the restart, and in the 58th minute, Andrew Kawooya rocked goalkeeper Sunday Stephen’s crossbar with a fierce drive from a free-kick.

In the 70th minute, Uganda drew blood as the Nigeria defence line ball-watched from a corner kick. Davis Ssekajja’s pull only got a slight touch from Sunday Stephen, and substitute John Alou had the simplest task of nodding into an empty net.

Two minutes later, with the goalkeeper to beat, Wisdom Ubani – who got a brace against Tanzania on the opening day but is yet to add to that despite his high work rate and activity – wasted another clear chance. But a minute later, Nigeria were level as Ibraheem Jabaar read a long pass from substitute Olakunle Olusegun quite well and pushed it beyond onrushing goalkeeper Komakech with the Ugandan defence in no man’s land.

Two minutes later, a typical fierce Ubani shot was punched away by Komakech.

In Wednesday’s semifinals, the Golden Eaglets will clash with the second placed team in Group B, which would be sorted out on Sunday as leaders Cameroon confront Senegal and Guinea will tackle Morocco.

Angola join Nigeria in the semi-finals from Group A, following their 4-2 defeat of Tanzania.

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.

President Buhari To Honour Athletes In 2016

FEC-BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has set a machinery in place to reward athletes and footballers who excelled in various sporting events in 2016.

The President is also expected to honour all athletes who excelled in various sports disciplines from 1985 when the players won the FIFA U-17 World Cup till date.

Among those yet to be rewarded are the Golden Eaglets of 1985 who were promised houses for winning the maiden edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in China.

Others are the victorious national men’s basketball team who won the 2015 FIBA Africa Basketball Championship in Tunisia, Team Nigeria at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa, and World Scrabble Champion, Wellington Jighere.

Court Defers Dokpesi’s Bail Application Till Monday

DokpesiA Federal High Court in Abuja has deferred till Monday, in the bail application filed by the founding Chairman of Daar Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi.

Justice Gabriel Kolawole, who heard the bail application, said that he could not give ruling immediately because the processes filed by the parties in the suit were presented before him on Thursday.

Justice Kolawole said that he needed to study and assimilate the processes before reaching a decision on the bail application.

He subsequently ordered that Mr Dokpesi be remanded in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) till December 14.

In his argument, Counsel to the Daar Communication boss, Mike Ozhohome, argued that the offences for which his client was standing trial were bailable offences.

He noted that Mr Dokpesi should be granted bail on self-recognizance or in the most liberal terms.

The Counsel to the EFCC rejected the application for bail on the grounds that he had allegedly uncovered the receipt of over 8.7 billion Naira from the Federal Government for the hosting rights of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2012 by Mr Dokpesi.

Nigeria’s Under-23 Team Prepare For Mali Clash

Under-23National Under-23 team coach, Samson Siasia, says his team is ready for the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) which could secure the team’s ticket for the 2016 Olympic Games.

The Dream Team VI will face Mali on Sunday at the Caroline Faye Stadium, Mbour, in what could determine the winners of Group B.

Siasia is wary of the Malians, as the country has been on a high internationally in 2015, after they finished third at the FIFA U-20 World Cup and were beaten finalists in the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Nigeria are featuring in the Under-23 AFCON for the second time, after they failed to make it to the London 2012 Olympics, while Mali will be appearing at the competition for the first time.

The Dream Team departed Gambia for Senegal on Wednesday to prepare ahead of the clash.

Siasia Invites Four Golden Eaglets Players

SiasiaNigeria’s U-23 National Team coach, Samson Siasia, has invited four members of the FIFA U-17 World Cup winners to camp in preparation for November’s Africa U-23 Cup of Nations in Senegal.

The invited players are captain of the team, Kelechi Nwakali, tournament’s top scorer, Victor Osimhen, and the two wing-backs, John Lazarus and Udochukwu Anumudu.

Siasia said he has been monitoring the progress of the players and was impressed with their performance in Chile.

The players have been given one week to rest before joining the rest of the squad in Gambia where the team will be putting finishing touches to the Olympic qualifier tournament.

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

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.