Nigeria Golden Eaglets wins Under-17 World Cup in style and made History
Nigeria won the Under-17 World Cup for a record fourth time with a 3-0 win over defending champions Mexico today Friday 08/11/2013 at the Mohammad Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Nigeria Golden Eaglets is now the most successful team in FIFA U-17 World Cup history winning the competitions for the fourth time.
The first goal of the game came after nine minutes when Erick Aguirre’s own goal put the Golden Eaglets in front. It was just after the Mexicans had threaten on the other end, the Nigerian Golden Eaglets counter-attacked and broke very quickly to create a three Nigerian attackers against one Mexican defender situation and as Musa Yahaya was about to shoot to score, Aguirre’s attempted clearance ended up in his own net.
Yahaya nearly doubled the lead in the 39th minute but his shot crashed against the bar. Mexico threatened the Nigerian goal for some time in the first half but the Nigerian goalkeeper Dele Alampasu was in great form.
The Mexicans pressed early in the second half but The Nigerian Golden Eaglets doubled their lead with a tap in from Kelechi Iheanacho to make his sixth goal of the tournament.
With nine minutes left, the Nigerian captain Mohamed curled a free kick round the wall from the edge of the area to seal the win.
Nigeria won the silver boot for second highest goal scorer, Nigeria also picked up the tournament’s fair-play award and Dele Alampasu was awarded the Golden Glove for being the best goalkeeper.
The victory in the United Arab Emirates caps a successful year for Nigeria after the senior team (Super Eagles) won the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa in January.
Nigeria’s record in UAE
- Played: 7
- Won: 6
- Drew: 1
- Lost: 0
- Goals For: 26
- Goals Against: 5
Nigeria’s record at U17 World Cup
- Winners: 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013
- Runners-up: 1987, 2001, 2009
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