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Friday, 6 November 2015

Amuneke admits: Mexicans were tough

Nigeria U17 coach Emmanuel Amuneke has commended Mexico for their performance against the Golden Eaglets in Friday’s 2015 Fifa U17 World Cup semifinal game.

Two late goals from leading top scorer Victor Osimhen and Osinachi Ebere handed the Golden Eaglets the ticket to battle for the trophy against Mali after Kelechi Nwakali’s free kick and Orji Okonkwo had cancelled out Diego Cortes and Kevin Magana’s goals.
According to the former African Player of the Year, the game played at the Estadio Municipal Ester Roa, Concepcion was a tough one but commends Mario Arteaga’s boys for their level of play.
“It was a difficult match in which both teams did their best,” Amuneke told Fifa website.
“We give credit to Mexico because of their performance and its level of play. We are happy to be in the final and have the chance to defend the world title.”
Goals from Boubacar Traore, Sidiki Maiga and Sekou Koita fired the reigning African U17 Champions, Mali 3-1 past Belgium to the final billed for Vina Del Mar and Amuneke is looking forward to an interesting contest.
“Mali is a good team, Africa's champion. This is going to be an interesting challenge.”
Osimhen got the Golden Eaglets’ last goal against Mexco and has now equaled Florent Pongolle and Souleymane Coulibaly’s record of most goals in a U17 World Cup tournament on nine goals.

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