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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 – News – What happened to the historical past-making Golden Eaglets?

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FIFA U-17 World Cup 2015 - News - What happened to the history-making Golden Eaglets?

  • Nigeria gained the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2013 and 2015
  • We take a look at what some triumphant Golden Eaglets have gone on to obtain
  • One has turn out to be the most costly African footballer in historical past

They have been the again-to-again tournaments that catapulted Nigeria above Brazil and into the throne as the file 5-time FIFA U-17 World Cup™ winners.

At UAE 2013, the Golden Eaglets averaged a staggering 3.7 targets per recreation en route to their fourth crown, earlier than 3.3 per recreation propelled them to its defence at Chile 2015.

On the fifth anniversary of the latter’s last in Vina del Mar, we take a look at what 5 members of these prodigious lessons have gone on to obtain.

Kelechi Iheanacho

The Taye Academy starlet struck 4 targets in Nigeria’s curtain-elevating 6-1 win over Mexico, and was on track in opposition to the similar opponents in a 3-0 victory in the UAE 2013 last. He completed Chile 2013 with six targets, seven assists, the adidas Silver Boot and adidas Golden Ball.

Iheanacho’s performances by the Arabian Peninsula left a who’s who of European giants vying for his signature. Manchester City seized it, however the striker discovered taking part in time robust to come by due to the presence of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus – each of whom have starred at FIFA youth tournaments – so he joined Leicester City in 2017. Iheanacho has netted three targets and two assists in two begins in the UEFA Europa League this season.

The 24-yr-outdated began Nigeria’s final two video games at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and has scored 9 targets in 27 internationals general.

Francis Uzoho

Despite solely taking part in in objective for the first time when he was 12, at 14 he served as deputy to Dele Alampasu at UAE 2013.

Uzoho grew to become, at 18 years and 352 days, the youngest-ever international goalkeeper to play in La Liga. After a couple of mortgage spells, he’s now at APOEL in Cyprus.

The 6ft 5ins Nwangele native saved objective for Nigeria in all three of their matches at Russia 2018, maintaining a clear sheet in opposition to Iceland and impressing in opposition to Lionel Messi and Argentina.

Kelechi Nwakali

The multifunctional midfielder, who hails from the similar metropolis as Nwankwo Kanu, Owerri, gained the adidas Golden Ball at Chile 2015.

Nwakali joined Arsenal in 2016, however relocated to Huesca final yr and helped them win promotion to La Liga. He represented Nigeria in a pleasant in opposition to Atletico Madrid in May 2018, however regardless of scoring a spectacular objective didn’t make their squad for the following month’s World Cup.

Victor Osimhen

Osimhen hit ten targets at Chile 2015, breaking the 9-objective file for a FIFA U-17 World Cup shared by Florent Sinama Pongolle and Souleymane Coulibaly. The Ultimate Strikers Academy participant additionally turn out to be the first champion to have scored in all his staff’s matches.

Things didn’t work out for Osimhen at Wolfsburg, however in the colors of Lille he completed as the joint-fourth main scorer in Ligue 1 final season, alongside Neymar and behind Moussa Dembele, Kylian Mbappe and main marksman Wissam Ben Yedder.

The 21-yr-outdated not too long ago made a transfer to Napoli and scored his first objective for the membership with a high-quality strike in opposition to Atalanta.

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The €70m Napoli paid Lille for Osimhen made him the most costly African footballer in historical past, breaking the price Manchester City paid Leicester City for Riyad Mahrez.

Samuel Chukwueze

The dazzling winger registered three targets, three assists and gained the adidas Bronze Ball at Chile 2015.

Rapid and tough, Chukwueze is named ‘The Nigerian Robben’. He made a superb impression in his first two seasons at Villarreal, and scored in the Super Eagles’ 2-1 win over South Africa that despatched them into final yr’s CAF Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.

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When Chukwueze was a child, his household urged him to cease neglecting his research to play soccer, however he didn’t hear. Their response? “They burned my boots!” he mentioned. “All my training gear, they burnt them too so I couldn’t play.”

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