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November 8, 2015 ( Post 1 )

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets will battle Mali in the final of the 2015 FIFA U-17 world cup. The Eaglets have never lost to an African nation in the tournament.

Two teams from the same confederation will face each other in the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the first time in 22 years and ten editions of the tournament. Ghana and Nigeria met in the final back in 1993.

Sunday’s game will mark the first time a Malian side has reached the final of any FIFA tournament. After the country’s third-place finish at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand a few months ago, coach Baye Ba’s squad have gone one step further in Chile.

Kelechi Nwakali and Abdoul Dante, captains of Nigeria and Mali.

Nigeria’s head-to-head record between the two
nations’ senior sides is four wins, three draws
and just one defeat. In youth football, Mali have
lost once to Mali. In the FIFA U-20 World Cup
in 1999, the Golden Eaglets were defeated in the
quarter-finals 3-1. The referee for the match is England’s Micheal Oliver.

Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen is one to watch ahead
of this final. The sstriker has 9 goals in the tournament and could make it 10 if he scores against Mali.

Victor Osimhen celebrates after scoring
Osimhen has matched the exploits of Coulibaly
and Sinama-Pongolle in scoring nine goals in the
tournament but could go one better if he strikes against Mali.

Another Eaglet to watch is Kelechi Nwakali who
has played like a true midfield general. The
youngster has three goals and three assists to his
name. Striker Funsho Bamgboye is back from
suspension and could replace Orji Okonkwo in the side.

We are going for GOLD! #U17WC Final.
Nigeria vs Mali, Nov. 8th. 7pm in Chile
(11pm in Nigeria) #GoForGoldEaglets — The NFF (@thenff) November 7, 2015

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