Nigeria U-17 world cup 2015 winnersNigeria has done it again, as the defending champion of the world cup, we won it again (we wish!), but kudos to our U17 team for winning the U17 Fifa World Cup organized we Chile, we won it two years ago in UAE, now we retained, making it in total, the 5th time we are lifting this particular trophy. Just in case you did not follow the tournament, let me give a quick view of the matches play the Nigeria team on their way to lifting the trophy again.

Group stage matches:

  1. 2-0 victory against USA
  2. 5-1 victory against host nation Chile
  3. 2-1 defeat to Croatia

Knock Out stage matches:

  1. Round of 16: 6-0 victory against Australia
  2. Quarter Final: 3-0 victory against Brazil
  3. Semi Final: 4-2 victory against Mexico
  4. Final: 2-0 victory against Mali

The golden eaglets steamrolled their way through out the competition, and nobody looked like a match to them. One major attribute I saw in the gameplay in the matches I watched was the maturity in their style of play, they didn’t play like a youth team, and their confidence on the ball was exceptional!

I think its fair to say that wherever we find ourselves, maturity gives us the edge, so lets be matured in all our dealings; and two major ways to acquire maturity is through experience and through knowledge (training / skill acquisition).

Meanwhile, lets celebrate with the U17 team for making Nigeria proud!!!

Cheers!

Sanni Mayowa (@MayowaSanni)

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