Nigeria national under-17 football team

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Nigeria Under-17
Nickname(s) Golden Eaglets
Association Nigeria Football Association
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Fatai Amoo [1]
Home stadium Abuja Stadium
FIFA code NGA
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Biggest defeat
Flag of France.svg  France 3–0 Nigeria  Flag of Nigeria.svg
(Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; 30 September 2001)
Flag of Benin.svg  Benin 3–0 Nigeria  Flag of Nigeria.svg
(Porto-Novo, Benin; , 2009)
FIFA U-17 World Cup
Appearances12 (first in 1985 )
Best resultChampions (1985, 1993, 2007, 2013, 2015)
Africa U-17 Cup of Nations
Appearances8 (first in 1995 )
Best resultChampions (2001, 2007)

The Nigeria national U-17 football team known as the Golden Eaglets, is the youngest team that represents Nigeria in football [2] The team is the most successful in international football for their age group winning a record, five FIFA U-17 World Cup titles and are runners up on three occasions. They are also two-time Africa U-17 Cup of Nations champions with their most recent title at the 2007 edition. [3]

History

The team won the maiden edition of FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1985 hosted by China, 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. [4] They also won the African Under-17 Championship in 2001 and 2007, and were runners-up in 1995 and 2013.

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. [4]

Heading into the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup, head coach Henry Nwosu was replaced by John Obuh, coach of Kwara United. [5]

Although Nigeria failed to qualify for the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup, they participated again in the 2013 edition of the tournament. Planning was thrown into disarray however in August when key members of the team was determined by MRI scanning to be overage and excluded from the team. [6] 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.

The team were again the subject of age cheating accusations when, a total of 26 players from the 60-strong squad were sent home from their training camp in 2016 after failing compulsory MRI scans used to test age ahead of an African Cup of Nations qualifier. [7] It is important to note that amidst all the age cheating accusations, the team has never been found guilty of fielding overage players in any competition. All the players accused of being overage were all caught at the Abuja training camp and sent home before they played any game for the team. [6] [7]

Competitive record

A gold background colour indicates that Nigeria won the tournament.

*Draws include knockout matches decided on penalty kicks.

Team honours and achievements

Intercontinental

Continental

Others

Staff

Management

Sports

Medical

Squad

Nigeria announced a squad of 21 players on 16 October 2019 for the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup [8] [9]

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)Club
11 GK Sunday Stephen (2002-09-20)20 September 2002 (aged 17) Flag of Nigeria.svg Abuja Football College
24 FW Adeniyi Oluwatimilehin (2003-05-12)12 May 2003 (aged 16) Flag of Nigeria.svg Sporting Dreams FC
32 DF Charles Etim (2003-10-10)10 October 2003 (aged 16) Flag of Nigeria.svg Blessed Stars Football Academy
43 MF Jordan Morakinyo (2002-05-17)17 May 2002 (aged 17) Flag of Nigeria.svg Collings Edwin FC
52 DF Clement Ikenna (2003-03-16)16 March 2003 (aged 16) Flag of Nigeria.svg A&B Academy
62 DF Usman Ibrahim (2003-03-02)2 March 2003 (aged 16) Flag of Nigeria.svg Giant Brilliants FC
74 FW Olakunnle Olusegun (2002-04-23)23 April 2002 (aged 17) Flag of Nigeria.svg ABS
83 MF Hamzat Ojediran (2003-11-14)14 November 2003 (aged 15) Flag of Nigeria.svg Jossy United FC
94 FW Wisdom Ubani (2003-05-16)16 May 2003 (aged 16) Flag of Nigeria.svg Giant Brilliants FC
103 MF Peter Agba (2002-12-20)20 December 2002 (aged 16) Flag of Nigeria.svg Falala Academy
112 DF Quadri Edun (2003-04-27)27 April 2003 (aged 16) Flag of Nigeria.svg G12 FC
124 FW Peter Olawale (2002-07-26)26 July 2002 (aged 17) Flag of Nigeria.svg Tripple 44 FC
134 FW Akinkunmi Amoo (2002-06-07)7 June 2002 (aged 17) Flag of Nigeria.svg Sidos FC
143 MF Daniel Francis (2003-09-27)27 September 2003 (aged 16) Flag of Nigeria.svg FC Hearts
153 MF Monsuru Opeyemi (2003-08-11)11 August 2003 (aged 16) Flag of Nigeria.svg B. Angel FC
161 GK Daniel Jinadu (2002-06-21)21 June 2002 (aged 17) Flag of England.svg West Ham United
174 FW Divine Nwachukwu (2003-05-25)25 May 2003 (aged 16) Flag of Nigeria.svg Riverline FC
184 FW Ibraheem Jabaar (2002-10-24)24 October 2002 (aged 17) Flag of Nigeria.svg Ijebu FC
194 FW Abba Bichi (2003-12-27)27 December 2003 (aged 15) Flag of Nigeria.svg Talentbase Sport FC
203 MF Ibrahim Said (2003-06-15)15 June 2003 (aged 16) Flag of Nigeria.svg Dabo Babes Academy
211 GK Joseph Oluwabusola (2003-01-01)1 January 2003 (aged 16) Flag of England.svg AFC Bournemouth

Notable former players

  

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References

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  2. "Fifa U17 World Cup: Champions Nigeria must avoid stereotypes in modern age | The National". Thenational.ae. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2014.
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  6. 1 2 Okeleji, Oluwashina (19 August 2013). "Nigeria U-17 players fail age tests ahead of the World Cup". BBC. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
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