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.