Nigeria crush Mexico to clinch U-17 World Cup tournament final

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Mexico's dream run at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup ended with a nightmare result against Nigeria. Nigeria picked up a convincing 3-0 victory over the Mexicans in the FIFA U-17 World Cup final at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi recently. 

Mexico's dream run at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup ended with a nightmare result against Nigeria. Nigeria picked up a convincing 3-0 victory over the Mexicans in the FIFA U-17 World Cup final at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi recently. 

Nigeria, who routed Mexico 6-1 in their Group F opener, now have a record four U-17 championships. A ninth-minute own-goal from Erick Aguirre set the tone for Mexico's demoralizing defeat. Nigeria doubled their lead in the 55th minute through a Kelechi Iheanacho tally and an 81st-minute goal from Musa Muhammed.

 

For Mexico, the loss was a bitter end to a tournament that saw them impressively knock off Brazil, Argentina and Italy in the knockout rounds.

 

Back in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress (APC) congratulated the Golden Eaglets, saying the victory was “a clear indication that Nigerian youths have what it takes to be world beaters in all areas of human endeavours.”

 

 ‘’The victory is even sweeter because the Golden Eaglets did not lose a single match all through the tournament,’’ the party said in a statement.

 

It said apart from the well-deserved goodies that may be showered on the team and its officials, the best way to honour the boys is to ensure their collective nurturing and graduation to the next age-grade, with the hope that they will eventually play for the country’s senior national team, the Super Eagles.

 

‘’That way, we can be sure that Nigeria will sooner than later join the league of nations that have won the main FIFA World Cup,’’ APC added.

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