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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Osimhen, Nwakali applaud Amuneke

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Nigeria U17’s Victor Osimhen and Kelechi Nwakali have praised coach Emmanuel Amuneke for his fatherly role in the team that won the 2015 Fifa U17 World Cup in Chile.

Goals from Osimhen and Funsho Bamgboye brought down Baye Ba’s Mali 2-0 at the Estadio Sausalito in Vina del Mar.

Osimhen’s whose ten goals fetched him the golden boot and the silver ball awards as well as eclipsed Florent Sinama Pongelle and Souleymane Coulibaly’s record of most goals scored in a single tournament thanked coach Amuneke for impacting in the team positively while dedicating his prize to his sister.

"I want to thank coach Amuneke again for what he has impacted in us and I’m also grateful to my teammates who helped me to break the record," a delighted Osimhen was quoted by the NFF website.

“The Golden Boot is also dedicated to my sister who just had a baby girl.”

For golden ball winner Nwakali who missed the 2013 edition staged in the United Arab Emirates, said the former African Player of the Year was more than a father to the team.

“Coach Amuneke is more than a coach to us,” he said.

“He is a father and I want to thank him so much. It is always the dream of every young player to win the World Cup and we are happy that he has helped us to achieve this glory.”

With Nigeria’s feat on Sunday, they become the first country to win a record five Fifa U17 World Cup and will be gunning for a sixth title in India.

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