Nigeria national under-17 football team

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Nigeria U-17
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Golden Eaglets
Association Nigeria Football Association
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Emmanuel Amuneke[1]
Captain Kelechi Nwakali
Home stadium Abuja Stadium
FIFA code NGA
First colours
Second colours
African U-17 Championship
Appearances 6 (First in 1995)
Best result Winner, 2001, 2007
FIFA U-17 World Cup
Appearances 6 (First in 1985)
Best result Winner, 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013

The Golden Eaglets are Nigeria's national under-17 football team.[2]

History[edit]

The team won the maiden edition of FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1985 at China, the 1985 Edition tournament was sponsored by Kodak (when it was known as the U-16 tournament), 1993, 2007 and 2013; making them the first team ever to win the junior world cup four times.[3] They also won the African Under-17 Championship in 2001 and 2007, and were runners-up in 1995.

After the 2007 victory there was some discussion as to whether the success should be rewarded in the form of cash, or if longer-term investments were more suitable for teenage players. It was pointed out that some previous players had found themselves reduced to poverty due to injury or mismanagement of their funds.[3]

Heading into the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, head coach Henry Nwosu was replaced by John Obuh, coach of Kwara United. In 2011[4] planning was thrown into disarray however in August when over half the team was determined by bone scanning to be overage and excluded from the team.[5]

Although Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, they participated again in the 2013 edition of the tournament. In their first match, the team defeated the defending champions Mexico with a 6-1 score. They only failed to defeat Sweden in the group stage, but they did so in the semi-finals. In the final match they faced and defeated Mexico for a second time, obtaining their fourth U-17 World Cup and becoming the national team to win the most U-17 tournaments so far.

Honours[edit]

African U-17 Championship
FIFA U-17 World Cup

Competitive record[edit]

A gold background color indicates that Nigeria won the tournament.

FIFA U-17 World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
China 1985 Champions 1st 6 5 1 0 10 2
Canada 1987 Runners-up 2nd 6 3 2 1 7 5
Scotland 1989 Quarter-Finals 6th 4 2 2 0 7 0
Italy 1991 Did Not Qualify
Japan 1993 Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 20 3
Ecuador 1995 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 2 1 1 6 4
Egypt 1997 Did Not Qualify
New Zealand 1999
Trinidad and Tobago 2001 Runners-up 2nd 6 5 0 1 14 5
Finland 2003 Group Stage 11th 3 1 1 1 3 3
Peru 2005 Did Not Qualify
South Korea 2007 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 16 4
Nigeria 2009 Runners-up 2nd 7 5 1 1 17 7
Mexico 2011 Did Not Qualify
United Arab Emirates 2013 Champions 1st 7 6 1 0 26 5
Chile 2015 To Be Determined
Total 10/15 4 Titles 56 41 10 5 126 38

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Staff[edit]

Management[edit]

  • Team Coordinator: Suleiman Abubakar
  • Secretary: Egbaiyelo Tayo
  • Media Coordinator: Morakinyo Abodunrin

Sports[edit]

  • Head Coach: Manu Garba [6]
  • Assistant Coaches: Nduka Ugbade and Emmanuel Amuneke[7]
  • Goalkeeper Coach: Emeka Amadi[7]

Medical[edit]

  • Doctor: Olarinoye Ayodeji
  • Physiotherpist:Oyegunna Gabriel
  • Equipment Manager:Mohammed Kafa Usman

List of players named for the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Dele Alampasu (1996-12-24)24 December 1996 (aged 16) 4 0 Nigeria Football College Academy
2 2DF Musa Muhammed (1996-10-31)31 October 1996 (aged 16) 7 3 Turkey Besiktas JK
3 2DF Samuel Okon (1996-12-15)15 December 1996 (aged 16) 2 1 Nigeria Greater Tomorrow Academy
4 3MF Akinjide Idowu (1996-09-09)9 September 1996 (aged 17) 5 0 Nigeria Nath Boys Academy
5 2DF Denis Nya (1996-12-01)1 December 1996 (aged 16) 4 1 Nigeria Canaan Football Academy
6 2DF Aliyu Abubakar (1996-06-15)15 June 1996 (aged 17) 3 1 Nigeria Mutunchi Academy
7 3MF Habib Makanjuola (1999-04-19)19 April 1999 (aged 14) 4 1 England Chelsea
8 3MF Abdullahi Alfa (1996-07-29)29 July 1996 (aged 17) 7 2 Nigeria Football College Academy
9 4FW Success Isaac (1996-01-07)7 January 1996 (aged 17) 5 3 Nigeria BJ Foundation Academy
10 4FW Kelechi Iheanacho (1996-10-03)3 October 1996 (aged 17) 12 12 England Manchester City F.C.
11 3MF Musa Yahaya (1997-12-16)16 December 1997 (aged 15) 8 5 Nigeria Mutunchi Academy
12 3MF Chigozi Obasi (1997-04-15)15 April 1997 (aged 16) 5 1 Nigeria Fosla Academy
13 3MF Saviour Godwin (1996-08-22)22 August 1996 (aged 17) 4 1 Nigeria El-Kadme Academy
14 2DF Chidiebere Nwakali (1996-12-26)26 December 1996 (aged 16) 7 1 England Manchester City F.C
15 2DF Raymond Japhet (1997-05-28)28 May 1997 (aged 16) 2 0 Nigeria NFF U-15
16 1GK Abdulazeez Abubakar (1999-07-20)20 July 1999 (aged 14) 5 0 Nigeria Nath Boys Academy
17 4FW Chidera Ezeh (1997-10-02)2 October 1997 (aged 16) 4 1 Nigeria River Lane Academy
18 4FW Taiwo Awoniyi (1997-08-12)12 August 1997 (aged 16) 9 3 Nigeria Imperial Academy
19 2DF Zaharaddeen Bello (1997-12-21)21 December 1997 (aged 15) 3 0 Nigeria Dabo Babes Academy
20 3MF Baba Salihu (1997-08-10)10 August 1997 (aged 16) 7 2 Nigeria Rangers Academy Bida
21 1GK Francis Uzoho (1998-10-28)28 October 1998 (aged 14) 3 0 Qatar Aspire Academy
22 3MF Khalil Oloko (1998-12-11)11 December 1998 (aged 14) 5 4 France Paris Saint-Germain Youth Academy

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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