Nigeria national under-17 football team

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Nigeria U-17
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
Africa U-17 Cup of Nations
Appearances 8 (first in 1995)
Best result Champions, 2001, 2007
FIFA U-17 World Cup
Appearances 11 (first in 1985)
Best result Champions, 1985, 1993, 2007, 2013, 2015

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, 2013, and 2015 (Becoming only the second team since Brazil to win it back to back); making them the first team ever to win the junior world cup five 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.[4]

Although Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, they participated again in the 2013 edition of the tournament. Planning was thrown into disarray however in August when key members of the team was determined by MRI scanning to be overage and excluded from the team.[5] 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.

The team were again the subject of age cheating accusations when 26 members, almost half, of the squad failed MRI tests in 2016.[6]

Honours[edit]

Africa U-17 Cup of Nations
FIFA U-17 World Cup

Competitive record[edit]

A gold background colour indicates that Nigeria won the tournament.

*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]

Medical[edit]

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

Current squad[edit]

List of players named for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup:[8]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Akpan David Udoh (1999-07-18) 18 July 1999 (age 18) 4 Nigeria
21 1GK Chisom Chiaha Nigeria
1 1GK Amos Innocent Benjamin (1998-12-22) 22 December 1998 (age 18) 1 0 Nigeria
2 2DF Lazarus John (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 (age 19) Nigeria
3 2DF musa Oyemeike Chibogwu (1998-12-31) 31 December 1998 (age 18) 4 0 Nigeria Sunshine Stars
5 2DF Godwin Okachukwu Igwe (1999-12-12) 12 December 1999 (age 17) 3 0 Nigeria
16 2DF ASUToMbechukwu Ibe Nigeria
14 2DF Ejike Ikwu Nigeria
2DF Zakari Lukman Hilaru (1998-12-23) 23 December 1998 (age 18) 8 1 Nigeria
6 2DF Uzama Douglas (1998-12-07) 7 December 1998 (age 18) 8 1 Nigeria Karamone
4 3MF Dali Duru 12 December 1999 (age 16) 8 6 Australia Hurstville City Minotaurs FC
3MF Michael Dogo Kingsley (1999-08-26) 26 August 1999 (age 18) Nigeria
8 3MF Samuel Chukwueze 3 England Arsenal
18 3MF Ikechukwu Okechukwu Leonard 6 4 Nigeria
11 3MF Chinedu Madueke Nigeria
12 3MF Chukwudi Agor 1 Nigeria
13 3MF Joel Osikel Nigeria
10 3MF Kelechi Nwakali (1998-06-05) 5 June 1998 (age 19) 2 England Arsenal
9 4FW Victor Osimhen (1998-12-29) 29 December 1998 (age 18) 10 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
15 4FW Udochukwu Anumudu 1 Nigeria
7 4FW Funsho Bamgboye 1 Qatar Aspire Academy
17 4FW Christian Ebere (1998-04-04) 4 April 1998 (age 19) 2 Nigeria
19 4FW Sunday Alimi Nigeria
20 4FW Orji Okwonkwo (1998-01-19) 19 January 1998 (age 19) 1 Nigeria

Other players[edit]

Players used for 2015 African Under-17 Championship and qualification:[9]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Abdallah Suleiman Mai Ashafa (1999-02-19) 19 February 1999 (age 18) Nigeria Dabo
21 1GK Emeka Nwokoecha (1998-08-02) 2 August 1998 (age 19) Nigeria
2DF Gabriel Osho (1998-08-14) 14 August 1998 (age 19) 1 England Reading
3 2DF Usman Abass (1998-07-10) 10 July 1998 (age 19) 4 0 Latvia FS Metta

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4 2DF Saddam Awal (1998-11-24) 24 November 1998 (age 18) Nigeria
2DF Chibueze Sunday Kanu (1998-09-14) 14 September 1998 (age 19) Nigeria
15 2DF Bamidele Samuel Ayodeji (1998-09-03) 3 September 1998 (age 19) Nigeria
20 3MF Ikechukwu Okechukwu Leonard (1998-10-07) 7 October 1998 (age 19) 3 2 Nigeria
Adeyemi Adeyinka (1998-05-06) 6 May 1998 (age 19) Nigeria
Dayo Femi (1998-04-15) 15 April 1998 (age 19) Nigeria
2DF Mohammed Anas (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 19) 4 0 Nigeria
3MF Promise Orji (1998-12-28) 28 December 1998 (age 18) Nigeria
7 3MF Suleiman Abdullahi (1998-03-22) 22 March 1998 (age 19) Nigeria
15 2DF Bamidele Samuel Ayodeji (1998-09-03) 3 September 1998 (age 19) Nigeria
3MF Jack Ipalibo (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 19) 2 0 Nigeria
Nuhu Umar (1998-12-20) 20 December 1998 (age 18) Nigeria
4FW Kehinde Ayinde (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 19) 4 3 Nigeria
Ernest Agenor (1998-04-15) 15 April 1998 (age 19) Nigeria
11 4FW Christian Charles (1998-02-20) 20 February 1998 (age 19) Nigeria
19 4FW Suleiman Muhammed (2000-02-15) 15 February 2000 (age 17) Nigeria
14 4FW Nazifi Yahaya (2000-12-16) 16 December 2000 (age 16) Nigeria

Notable former players[edit]

   

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Emmanuel Amunike named Nigeria U17 coach". Goal.com. 25 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fifa U17 World Cup: Champions Nigeria must avoid stereotypes in modern age | The National". Thenational.ae. 2013-11-09. Retrieved 15 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Nigeria: Golden Eaglets - Return of the Argonauts". Archived from the original on 6 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Egbokhan, John (13 August 2009). "Nwosu predicts doom for Eaglets". Retrieved 15 October 2017. 
  5. ^ Okeleji, Oluwashina (19 August 2013). "Nigeria U-17 players fail age tests ahead of the World Cup". BBC. Retrieved 15 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Nigeria's under-17 squad wiped out as half are older than 17". BBC. 5 August 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Jonathan splashes cash on Golden Eaglets". Premiumtimesng.com. 2013-05-22. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 
  8. ^ "Amuneke Picks Nwakali, Osimhen, 19 others For Chile". 9 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "CAF - Competitions - 11TH EDITION OF THE AFRICAN U-17 CHAMPIONSHIP - Match Details". www.cafonline.com. Confederation of African Football. 

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