As most of you will be aware, the Golden Eaglets we’re beaten 1-0 by the Swiss in the final of the U17 World Cup on Sunday. It was a thoroughly entertaining game; the Nigerian’s dominated the first half, playing some lovely football but failed to convert their chances. The Swiss then took control in the second and in the 63rd minute their number nine Haris Seferovic did what Sani Emmanuel and Aigbe Oliha failed to do in the first half… find the back of the net.
It’s certainly disappointing to see the Golden Eaglets fall at the last hurdle but for me the performance of the team and individuals is more important than results at U17 level. If this rule is to be applied then Nigerian fans should feel quietly content that a side seemingly rushed together, after fifteen of the original squad members had to be dropped after MRI scans revealed they were over-aged, delivered the kind of collective and individual displays that saw them overcome sides like Spain, Argentina and South Korea in such impressive style.
Anyway, for those of you wanting to read more on the game you can see a full report on the FIFA website.