Ex-international, Kanu Nwankwo opened the floodgate of naira rain on the victorious Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets when he splashed $50,000 on the team as reward for their sterling performance at the cadet championship in United Arab Emirates. Kanu, who also hit limelight through the under-17 tournament, was with the team in Dubai, UAE till the final.
More cash rewards await the team as President Goodluck Jonathan hosted them on Sunday November 10, 2013.
GOLDEN EAGLETS SWEEP AWARDS
Two Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets players carted home awards from the available ones from the tournament.
Kelechi Iheanacho went home with the Adidas Golden Ball and Adidas Silver Boot for Most Valuable Player in the tournament and for being the second highest goal scorer in UAE 2013. The most valuable goalkeeper of the tournament went to Dele Alampasu, while Nigeria’s team won the FIFA Fair Play Award.
Group Stage Matches
Nigeria 6 vs Mexico 1
Nigeria 3 vs Sweden 3
Nigeria 5 vs Iraq 0
Second Round Match
Nigeria 4 vs Iran 1
Quarter Final Match
Nigeria 2 vs Uruguay 0
Semi Final Match
Nigeria 3 vs Sweden 0
Nigeria 3 vs Mexico 0
The United Arab Emirates played host to 24 countries for the FIFA Under 17 World Cup for 23 days, Thursday, October 17 to Friday, November 8, 2013. Participants savoured the beautiful scenes of UAE with six stadia for the championship (Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium Al Ain, Al-Rashid Stadium, Dubai, Emirates Club Stadium, Ras Al-Khaimah, Fujairah Club Stadium, Fujairah, Sharjah Stadium Sharjah and Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi).
52 matches were played while 172 goals went into the net with Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets lifting the trophy for the fourth time.
NIGERIA’S EXPLOIT AT UNDER 17 WORLD CUP
Nigeria became the most successful country as Golden Eaglets lift the cadet trophy for the fourth time in history. The first time they won it was in the maiden edition in China in 1985. They were victorious again in 1993 in Japan, Nigeria won it for the third time in 2007 in Korea and the latest one being UAE 2013.
NOTABLE FORMER U-17 PLAYERS
1. Nduka Ugbade
2. Victor Ikpeba
3. Kanu Nwankwo
4. Wilson Oruma
5. John Mikel Obi
6. Victor Igbinoba
7. Philip Osondu
8. White Agwuocha
9. Celestine Babayaro
10. Mohammed Aliyu
11. Sani Emmanuel
12. Terry Envoh
13. Omoh Ojabu
14. James Obiorah
1. Dele Alampasu (GK) 16years – Football College Academy
2. Musa Muhammed (DF) 16years- FC Heart Academy
3. Samuel Okon (DF) 16years- Greater Tomorrow Academy
4. Akinjide Idowu (MF) 17years – Nath Boys Academy
5. Denis Nya (DF) 16years – Cannan Football Academy
6. Aliyu Abubakar (DF) 17years – Mutunchi Academy
7. Habib Makanjuola (MF) 14years- Chelsea of England
8. Abdullahi Alfa (MF) 17years – Football College Academy
9. Success Isaac (FW) 17years – BJ Foundation Academy
10. Kelechi Iheanacho (FW) 17years – America
11. Musa Yahaya (MF) 15years – Mutunchi Academy
12. Chigozi Obasi (MF) 15years – Fosla Academy
13. Saviour Godwin (MF) 17years – El Kanemi Academy
14. Chidiebere Nwakali (DF) 16 years – Shuttle Spot Academy
15. Raymond Japhet (DF) 16 years – NFF Academy
16. Abdulazeez Abubakar (GK) 14years – Nath Boys Academy
17. Chidera Ezeh (FW) 16years – River Lane Academy
18. Taiwo Awoniyi (FW) 16years – Imperial Academy
19. Zaharaddeen Bello (DF) 15years – Dabo Babes Academy
20. Baba Salihu (MF) 16years – Rangers Academy
21. Francis Uzoho (GK) 14years – Aspire Academy
– FOLUSO SAMUEL