Nigeria’s U-17 National team, dubbed ‘Golden Eaglets’ have won the FIFA U-17 World Cup for an unprecedented fourth time by beating Mexico 3-0 in the final Friday evening.
Nigeria’s first goal came of the feet of a Mexican defender Erick Aguirre in the 9th minute and Mexico tried their best to equalise but could only succeed in preventing Nigeria from doubling the lead till the end of the first half.
Less than ten minutes into the second half, Nigeria doubled the lead when Kelechi Iheanacho scored a second goal against the Mexicans in the 56th minutes.
In the 81st minute Musa Mohammed sealed all hopes of a Mexican victory with a world class free kick to give Nigeria a three goal lead.
Fact: Nigeria has won the U-17 World Cup every time it was staged in an Asian country: China 1985, Japan 1993, South Korea 2007 and now, UAE 2013.
Winning the World Cup for an unprecedented fourth time was only one of the records Nigeria set on Friday night.
Nigeria also set a new record of highest number of goal scored in a single FIFA U-17 tournament by scoring a total of 26 goals beating the 24-goal record set by Germany.
Apart from winning the trophy Nigeria also won the FIFA fair play award; Iheanacho won the FIFA Silver boot award for second highest goal scorer and the golden ball for best overall player.
Dele Alampasu, Nigeria’s goalkeeper won the golden gloves award for being the goalkeeper that conceded the least number of goals in the tournament.