Nigeria 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
The 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.
The 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.
Golden 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.
Under-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.