Golden Eaglets’ captain Kelechi Nwakali and star striker Victor Osimhen have both said here that Sunday’s Final Match against Mali at FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 would be a memorable encounter.
In a chat via FIFA.com (@FIFAcom), Nwakali said their West African foes would be accorded the respect of African champions but no quarter will be given at the Estadio Sausalito in Vina del Mar.
“We respect Mali because they are the African champions but we are not afraid of them,” said Nwakali who earlier had a photo session with his Malian counterpart, Abdoul Dante.”It is going to be a memorable final and we are going to do our best against Mali on Sunday .”
Nwakali noted that as the defending champions, Nigeria is in pole position ahead of the Malians who were crowned African champions last February at the African U-17 Nations Cup in Niger.
He said: “We are the defending champions of the World Cup and that means we need to be respected too; we know that playing against Mali would not be an easy match but we are confident about our chances. The coach ( Emmanuel Amuneke) is the one that knows the secret of oursuccess ; our job is to go out and play based on his instruction.”
Speaking in a separate interview on FIFA TV Football Show , Osimhen who is Chile 2015 top scorer with nine goals, said playing here has been a life-changing experience for him and he wished to be crowned
“ I have to thank the coach for bringing me to this tournament because it has been a life-changing experience for me personally,” he stated. “ I have been lucky to have scored those goals with the help of my teammates and together, we are going to play the final against
Mali as the game of our lives. “ We have seen the Malians and we have to follow the instruction of
the coach in order to stop them from playing their style if we are going to beat them,” he added.
The second all- African final at FIIFA U-17 World Cup since Japan 1993 between Nigeria and Ghana, between Mali and Nigeria in the mean time will be handled according to FIFA by English referee, Michael Oliver and his compatriot assistant referees Stuart Burt and Gary
Beswick will be joined by Costa Rican fourth official Ricardo Montero as the team of officials. The match will kick off at 11:00 pm Nigerian time( 7:00pm Chilean local time) and the Golden Eaglets would
spot on the traditional green jersey.