Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets will battle Mali in the final of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The Eaglets have never lost to an African nation in the tournament.
Two teams from the same confederation will face each other in the final the tournament for the first time in 22 years and ten editions of the tournament. Ghana and Nigeria met in the final, back in 1993.
Sunday’s game will mark the first time a Malian side has reached the final of any FIFA tournament. After the country’s third-place finish at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand a few months ago, coach Baye Ba’s squad have gone one step further in Chile.
Kelechi Nwakali and Abdoul Dante, the captains of Nigeria and Mali
Nigeria’s head-to-head record between the two nations’ senior sides is four wins, three draws and just one defeat. In youth football, Nigeria have lost once to Mali. In the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 1999, the Golden Eaglets were defeated in the quarter-finals 3-1.
The referee for the match is England’s Micheal Oliver.
Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen is one to watch ahead of this final. The striker has nine goals in the tournament and could make it ten if he scores against Mali.
Victor Osimhen celebrates after scoring
Osimhen has matched the exploits of Coulibaly and Sinama-Pongolle in scoring nine goals in the tournament, but could go one better if he strikes tonight.
Another Eaglet to watch is Kelechi Nwakali who has played like a true midfield general. The youngster has three goals and three assists to his name.
Striker Funsho Bamgboye is back from suspension and could replace Orji Okonkwo in the side.
— The NFF (@thenff) November 7, 2015
12′ Bamgboye is fouled by a Malian…Nigeria try to settle as the opponents are having more of the ball at this moment
10′ Zakari’s long clearance finds Osimhen offside
9′ Dante bullies Osimhen off the ball during a counter and the Malian counter but the ball to Fofana is too far…Nigeria’s defence clears
6′ CHANCE!!! Eaglets goalie Udoh comes out to clear a ball but Hiadara is there and the ball ricochets off him…Nigeria survive
5′ Osimhen tries to dribble two defenders but he is rebuffed
5′ left-back Lazarus is forced into conceding a throw in
3′ Ebere misses the penalty, his rebound hits the bar..Mali try to clear ad force Nigeria into committing a foul
2′ PENALTY!!! A Malian defender is penalised for handling a ball in the box…Ebere to take
1′ kick off…Nigeria kick off
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