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Nigeria win all African U-17 World Cup final

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Posted on November 9, 2015

won the U-17 FIFA World Cup for a record 5th time, with Victor Osimhen and Funsho Bamgboye scoring in a 2-0 win against fellow West African side , in which was the first all-African final of a FIFA competition since the 1993 edition of the tournament.

The game came into life just three minutes from kick-off, as English referee Michael Oliver awarded Nigeria a penalty for a handball by Chato. However, Ebere’s weak penalty was saved by Diarra, and his effort on the rebound hit the bar as Mali survived.

Boubacar Traore had a goalbound header saved by Udoh, and nothing came from the resultant corner.

After an evenly balanced first forty five minutes, Mali capitulated in the second half, with Victor Osimhen testing the keeper with an ambitious volley from around 30 yards out, and left-back Udochukwu Anumudu hit the bar from outside the box. It appeared to be only a matter of time before Nigeria scored.

And they did so in the 56th minute, as tournament top scorer Victor Osimhen struck past the helpless keeper from inside the box into the top corner.

Mali were shell-shocked from the goal, and were caught off guard as Funsho Bamgboye, the only foreign-based member of ex- player Emmanuel Amunike’s squad, made it 2-0 just three minutes after the first goal, with Diarra getting nowhere near his near post shot.

From that moment on, Mali never appeared to be able to put together a comeback, despite winning several corners and dangerous free-kicks.

The result means that Nigeria become only the second team to retain the title in the history of the competition, after Brazil in the 1990s. It was also a record 5th tournament win.

More records were set, this time by Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen, who not only became the tournament’s all-time top goalscorer with 10 goals, but he became the first player in the history of the competition to score in every game of the tournament.

While Osimhen won the Golden Boot, Mali goalkeeper Samuel Diarra won the Golden Glove, and Nigeria’s playmaker Kelechi Nwakali picked up the Golden Ball, making him the tournament’s best player.

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