Chile 2015: Osimhen, Nwakali Dominate Awards
The Nigerian duo of Kelechi Nwakali and Victor Osimhen dominated the award winning as the FIFA U-17 World Cup finally ended on Sunday in Chile.
With an outstanding team packed with talented players, Nigeria successfully defended the title against West African neighbours, Mali with a resounding 2-0 victory at Vina del Mar.
Top scorer Victor Osimhen and Captain Kelechi Nwakali both made their mark in the competition, after winning the Adidas Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player, the latter followed in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas and Toni Kroos, who are now key members of the senior sides with their respective national teams. Osimhen set a new U-17 World Cup goal-scoring record, while Mali’s Samuel Diarra and Ecuador’s example of Fair Play were also recognised in the honour’s list established and overseen by FIFA’s Technical Study Group (TSG).
Nigerian captain, Kelechi Nwakali won the Adidas Golden Ball as the most valuable player of the tournament, Victor Osimhen won silver, while Aly Malle of Mali won bronze Also, Osimhen won the Adidas Golden Boot with10 goals and two assists, Johannes Eggestein of Germany won the silver with four goals, 0 assists; while Nwakali picked-up the bronze with three goals and three assists.
The Adidas Golden Glove award went to Samuel Diarra the Malian goalkeeper, for his contribution towards bringing Mali to play in the final of the tournament against Nigeria. Ecuador national team was rewarded with the fair play award.
Adidas Golden Ball
1. Kelechi Nwakali (Nigeria)
2. Victor Osimhen (Nigeria)
3. Ahly Malle (Mali)
Adidas Golden Boot
1. Victor Osimhen (Nigeria)
2. Johannes Eggestein (Germany)
3. Kelechi Nwakali (Nigeria)
Adidas Golden Glove
Samuel Diarra (Mali)
Fair Play Award