Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets made history at the FIFA Under 17 World Cup by winning their fifth title with the 2-0 defeat of Mali in yesterday’s final in Chile.
Apart from winning the trophy for a record five times, the Nigerian team also became the second team to win the championship back to back after Brazil achieved the feat in 1997 and 1999. Eaglet’s gangling striker, Victor Osimhen also became the tournament’s all-time leading goal scorer with 10 goals after scoring the first goal with a well-taken kick against the Malians in the 56th minute. His strike partner, Funsho Bamgboye scored the second goal of the mouth-watering encounter in the 59th minute.
The Nigerians were the faster off the blocks, winning a penalty kick in the third minute after a Malian defender handled the ball in the vital area. Ebere Osinachi’s kick was well saved by the Malian goalkeeper and a follow up header from Osinachi hit the cross, while another kick by the player was blocked by the Malian defence.