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
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, 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. 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 colour 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 Champions 1st 7 6 0 1 23 5
Total 11/16 5 Titles 63 47 10 6 149 43

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Staff[edit]

Management[edit]

  • Team Coordinator: prince udofia
  • Secretary: Egbaiyelo Tayo
  • Media Coordinator: Morakinyo Abodunrin

Sports[edit]

Medical[edit]

  • Doctor: Olarinoye Ayodeji
  • Physiotherpist:aliu abubakar
  • Equipment Manager:idris adamu

Current Squad[edit]

List of players named for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup[7]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Akpan David Udoh (1999-07-18) 18 July 1999 (age 17) 4 Nigeria
21 1GK Chisom Chiaha Nigeria
1 1GK Amos Innocent Benjamin (1998-12-22) 22 December 1998 (age 17) 1 0 Nigeria
2 2DF Lazarus John (1998-06-06) 6 June 1998 (age 18) Nigeria
3 2DF Tobechukwu Ibe Nigeria
14 2DF Ejike Ikwu Nigeria
5 2DF Zakari Lukman Hilaru (1998-12-23) 23 December 1998 (age 17) Nigeria
4 3MF Dali Duru 12 December 1999 (age 16) 8 6 Australia Hurstville City Minotaurs FC
6 3MF Michael Dogo Kingsley (1999-08-26) 26 August 1999 (age 17) Nigeria
8 3MF Samuel Chukwueze 3 England Arsenal
18 3MF Edidiong Essien 1 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 18) 2 England Arsenal
9 4FW Victor Osimhen (1998-12-29) 29 December 1998 (age 17) 10 Germany VfL Wolfsburg
15 4FW Udochukwu Anumudu 1 Nigeria
7 4FW Funsho Bamgboye 1 Qatar
17 4FW Christian Ebere (1998-04-04) 4 April 1998 (age 18) 2 Nigeria
19 4FW Sunday Alimi Nigeria
20 4FW Orji Okwonkwo (1998-01-19) 19 January 1998 (age 18) 1 Nigeria

Other Players[edit]

Players used for 2015 African Under-17 Championship and qualification[8]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Abdallah Suleiman Mai Ashafa (1999-02-19) 19 February 1999 (age 17) Nigeria Dabo
21 1GK Emeka Nwokoecha (1998-08-02) 2 August 1998 (age 18) Nigeria
2DF Gabriel Osho (1998-08-14) 14 August 1998 (age 18) 1 England Reading
3 2DF Usman Abass (1998-07-10) 10 July 1998 (age 18) Nigeria
4 2DF Saddam Awal (1998-11-24) 24 November 1998 (age 17) Nigeria
5 2DF Chibueze Sunday Kanu (1998-09-14) 14 September 1998 (age 17) Nigeria
15 2DF Bamidele Samuel Ayodeji (1998-09-03) 3 September 1998 (age 17) Nigeria
Adeyemi Adeyinka (1998-05-06) 6 May 1998 (age 18) Nigeria
Dayo Femi (1998-04-15) 15 April 1998 (age 18) Nigeria
2DF Mohammed Anas (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 18) 4 0 Nigeria
3MF Promise Orji (1998-12-28) 28 December 1998 (age 17) Nigeria
7 3MF Suleiman Abdullahi (1998-03-22) 22 March 1998 (age 18) Nigeria
20 3MF Ikechukwu Okechukwu Leonard (1998-10-07) 7 October 1998 (age 17) 3 2 Nigeria Warri Wolves
Douglas Uzama (1998-12-07) 7 December 1998 (age 17) Nigeria
Jack Ipalibo (1998-04-06) 6 April 1998 (age 18) 2 0 Nigeria
Henry Okebugwu (1998-06-19) 19 June 1998 (age 18) Nigeria
Nuhu Umar (1998-12-20) 20 December 1998 (age 17) Nigeria
4FW Kehinde Ayinde (1998-04-02) 2 April 1998 (age 18) 4 3 Nigeria
Ernest Agenor (1998-04-15) 15 April 1998 (age 18) Nigeria
11 4FW Christian Charles (1998-02-20) 20 February 1998 (age 18) Nigeria
19 4FW Suleiman Muhammed (2000-02-15) 15 February 2000 (age 16) Nigeria
14 4FW Nazifi Yahaya (2000-12-16) 16 December 2000 (age 15) Nigeria

Notable former players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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