Nigeria on Friday defeated Mexico 3-0 in the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in United Arab Emirates.
A ninth minute own goal by Erick Aguirre separated the two sides in a keenly contested first half.
Nigeria created several scoring changes, but a combination of
hard luck and profligate shooting denied them more goals in the
Mexico came close twice too, but Nigeria’s Dele Alampasu rose to the occasion to keep the scoreline in favour of the Eaglets.
However, the Manu-Garba tutored youngsters changed gear in the second and duly put the Mexicans to the sword.
Playmaker Kelechi Iheanacho scored the second goal in the 56th minute
tapping in after the Mexicans goalkeeper parried skipper Musa
Muhammed’s fierce drive into his path.
Muhammed put the icing on the cake with a superb free kick in the 81st minute to send Nigerians on the stands into frenzy.
Nigeria had earlier lifted the cadets’ world Cup in 1985, 1993 and 2007.