The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria are set for a final showdown at the FIFA U-17 World Cup this evening as they will be looking to overcome a tough Mali side who has proven to be the best attacking team in this years tournament.
The Nigerian side has been the most prolific side in this years FIFA U-17 tournament having netted in 21 goals in 6 games with on fire striker Victor Osimhen scoring 9 of those 21. One can easily neglect the lapses of the Emmanuel Amuneke tutored side because they score goals, I mean a lot of goals and when you score goals, you win matches. However the Eaglets of Mali will be a hard nut to crack as they have a very sharp attack, very quick on the ball and that is sure to cause trouble for the Nigerian defense who haven’t really had a very tough test prior to today’s finals. The Eaglets of Mali beat the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria in the semi finals of the African U-17 Cup of Nations earlier this year. They further went on to beat South Africa 2 – 0 to become winners and come into this years FIFA U-17 World cup as African Champions. Nigeria who come in to this years tournament as defending champions went on to loose 3 – 1 to Guinea in the 3rd place match of that tournament. They will be seeking a revenge against their West African neighbors and it would only be perfect for the Golden Eaglets to do that tonight. Nigeria have never lost to any African team in any age grade tournament so let’s say history would make Nigerians smile on that fact. On the other hand Nigeria have never won any U-17 world cup outside Asia and owing to the fact that this years tournament is hosted in South America Nigerians might want to overlook that part of history.
Anyways which ever way it goes tonight, history will be made! Nigeria is on course for it’s fifth title while Mali is searching for it’s first. Estadio Sausalito Vina Del Mar will be the ground for the Mali Vs Nigeria FIFA U-17 world cup match.
Mali Vs Nigeria FIFA U-17 World Cup Final match will kick off at 11pm Nigerian time.
Good luck to the Golden Eaglets!
Mali Vs Nigeria FIFA U-17 World Cup Final