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 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria U17 find World Cup success in Van Gaal-style possession game

Emmanuel Amunike is lifted up by his players after the match.

In the early hours of Monday, and while most of their countrymen slept in readiness for another week, Nigeria's under-17 team were making history in Chile.

Led by coach Emmanuel Amunike, a legend of Nigerian football who played for Barcelona for four years, the Golden Eaglets won the FIFA U17 World Cup, beating fellow West Africans Mali 2-0.

Second half goals from Victor Osimhen and Funsho Bamgboye propelled the Eaglets to a fifth title -- defending their prize -- and one which will prove significant...

Nigeria beat Mali to defend Under 17 World Cup title in Chile

Nigeria retained their FIFA under-17 World Cup crown with a 2-0 win over Mali on Sunday.

Samuel Diarra saved an early Osinachi Ebere penalty after a Chato handball and the Nigerian's follow-up effort hit the bar before the Mali defence smothered a third attempt to score.

Golden Eaglets skipper Kelechi Nwakali went close, then Mali's Boubacar Traore had a glancing header which was tipped over by Akpan Udoh.

With the score 0-0 at half-time, Nigeria coach Emmanuel Amunike sent his players out for the...

 By Nayib Moran

Five things learned from Mexico's Under-17 World Cup campaign

Mario Arteaga guided Mexico to a spirited fourth-place finish at the Under-17 World Cup.
Mario Arteaga guided Mexico to a spirited fourth-place finish at the Under-17 World Cup.

MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- After a fantastic performance from Belgium's Dante Vanzeir, which included two goals and one assist, Mexico's Under-17s fell 3-2 against the young Les Diables Rouges and finished fourth at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup.

In seven matches, Mexico finished the competition in Chile with four wins, one draw, and two losses. Here are five lessons learned from El Tri's U-17 World Cup campaign:

1. Mexico's conversion ratio was dismal

Against Nigeria and Belgium, Mexico generated...

 By Colin Udoh

Nigeria U17 coach Emmanuel Amunike building a side in his own image

Emmanuel Amunike has overcome obstacles to take his side to the final.

In his quiet moments, as he looks to lead his young side into Sunday's FIFA under-17 World Cup final against Mali, Nigeria coach Emmanuel Amunike must surely reflect on the virtues of fortitude.

Appointed in the middle of 2014, Amunike had barely settled into the job before he was compelled to address accusations of bribery as he began his journey down the long road that has brought him to this point.

As if that was not enough, when he did finally name his 21-man squad, other problems popped up...

 By Nayib Moran

Mexico miss chance to defeat rampant Nigeria in U17 World Cup semifinal

Mexico succumbed to tournament favourites Nigeria in Thursday's U17 World Cup semifinal.

MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- In a thrilling semifinal match held in Concepcion, Chile, Nigeria advanced to the Under-17 World Cup final after defeating Mexico 4-2. To the delight of the spectators, the game provided goals that embellish the game a little bit more.

Next Sunday in Vina del Mar, Mexico will face Belgium in the third-place match, and Nigeria will do the same against Mali in the final.

Here are three takeaways after Mexico falls short from reaching its third consecutive U17 World Cup final:

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