Despite Nigeria’s U17 national team 3-1 loss to the Oranje in the early hours of Wednesday, two Nigerians have been included in the ten best goals of the group stages and are thereby in contention for 2019 FIFA U17 World Cup Goal of the Tournament.
According to the official website of FIFA, Ibrahim Sa’id and Peter Olawale’s efforts made the shortlist of the ten best goals of the group stages.
However, Dabo Babes attacking midfielder Said netted a hat-trick as the Golden Eaglets came from behind to beat Ecuador 3-2 a week ago and his second goal was the pick of the bunch, a curling shot from outside the box.
On his competitive debut for Nigeria, Olawale equalized in the 21st minute with a terrific curled, left-footed shot from the edge of the box that beat Australia goalkeeper Adam Pavlesic.
A total of 128 goals have been scored so far at the FIFA U17 World Cup.
Top Goals From The Group Stage U17 World Cup
Saar (USA vs Senegal)
Sainte (Korea Republic vs Haiti)
Wakatsuki (Japan vs Netherlands)
Ibrahim Said (Nigeria vs Ecuador)
Pembele (Korea Republic vs France)
Gnonto (Mexico vs Italy)
Peter Olawale (Australia vs Nigeria)
Veron (Brazil vs Angola)
Nemeth (Hungary vs Ecuador)
Godoy (Argentina vs Tajikistan)