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U-17 WC: Nigeria retain their crown

Published On 11/11/2015 | By Ravi Pahalwani | Africa, Features, International, Latest News, Mali, Nigeria, Top Stories

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In doing so, Nigeria claimed their fifth Under-17 World Cup title, following on from their successes at China 1985, Japan 1993, Korea Republic 2007 and UAE 2013.

In a tightly contested match,the forceful attack of the Golden Eaglets’ eventually made the difference, as two goals in three second-half minutes made sure that the cup would be travelling to Nigeria once again.

Victor Osimhen was star of the show once more, thanks to his record-breaking tenth goal of the tournament, with Funsho Bamgboye adding a second moments later. Samuel Diarra of Mali had saved an early Nigeria penalty, as the Malians played their part in an entertaining finale to the tournament.

Nigeria were also well represented among the individual awards. Captain Kelechi Nwakali, picked up the Adidas Golden Ball and the Adidas Bronze Boot, while record breaking striker Victor Osimhen claimed the Adidas Golden Boot and Adidas Silver Ball.

Mali had already created history by qualifying for the final and went out with their heads held high. The Nigerian players recognized the efforts of their fellow African team by forming a guard of honour when they went up to collect their runner up medals. Their individuals were also recognised, as Samuel Diarra won the Adidas Golden Glove award while attacker Aly Malle claimed the Adidas Bronze Ball.

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