Today, Nigeria’s Under 17 National Team, the Golden Eaglets, became the first team ever to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup (four times) when they defeated Mexico.
The Golden Eaglets are indeed the “Brazil” of the FIFA Under 17 competition having previously won the competition in 1985, 1993, and 2007. The two finalists were in the same group and Nigeria (who won the final today by a score of 3-0) had already thrashed a very good Mexican side 6-1 in the group stages.
The first goal of the match came through an own goal by Mexico’s number one goalie Eric Aguirre’s. Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho would add another goal before captain Musa Mohamed put the match to bed through a well taken free kick.
These young Nigerian team was also awarded with the tournament’s fair-play award and Dele Alampasu, the teams outstanding goalie received the Golden Gloves award for being the best goalie of the tournament.
The win completes a revival year in Nigerian football with the senior team having won the African cup of nations in South Africa this year and also putting on a respectable showing at the June’s confederations cup in Brazil. Let’s hope the momentum keeps going into the new year’s and the super eagles make Africa proud in Brazil 2014.
Huge congratulations to the Golden Eaglets from the Tap Magazine team.
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