Golden Eaglets striker, Victor Osimhen set a new U-17 World Cup goal scoring record with 10 goals. Another Nigerian lad, the team Captain, Kelechi Nwakali was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
While Nwakali won the Golden Ball, Osimhen would be coming home with Adidas Golden shoes. Mali’s Samuel Diarra and Ecuador’s won the Fair Play Award.
With an outstanding team packed with talented players, Nigeria successfully defended their crown at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015.
Nwakali scored three goals, including two penalties, and provided a further three assists, a haul that was also brought him the adidas Bronze Boot.
Osimhen also won the adidas Silver Ball as the second Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
Even before the tournament kicked off in Chile Osimhen was touted as a favourite to win the adidas Golden Ball, having scored 39 goals in 71 outings for his country at that point, and finished as top scorer at the U-17 African Championship in March.
The striker, who names Côte d’Ivoire forward Didier Drogba as his role model, more than lived up to expectations in Chile after finding the net in all seven games at the competition. Osimhen put his side 1-0 up on four occasions and his effort in the final – his tenth goal overall – set a new tournament record, beating the previous best-mark set by Côte d’Ivoire’s Souleymane Coulibaly in 2011 and France’s Florent Sinama Pongolle in 2001. Osimhen duly finished as top scorer in South America, and would doubtless not begrudge his team captain, of all players, pipping him to what would have been a second golden award.