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Amuneke: We Respect FIFA Decision On Nwakali, Chukwueze Bronze Boot Mix-Up

By Bamidele Boluwaji:

Golden Eaglets coach Emmanuel Amuneke has told Completesportsnigeria.com that he respects the world football governing body FIFA's decision after they announced that Kelechi Nwakali has been stripped of the bronze boot award given to him at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.

The world football governing body on Tuesday notified the Nigeria Football Federation that the award was meant for Samuel Chukwueze but was erroneously given to Nwakali at the closing ceremony of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.

Reacting to the latest development, Amuneke who led the Golden Eaglets to win the trophy said FIFA decision cannot be contested after they admitted it was a mistake.

"We have to respect FIFA's decision but I must let you know that our priority in Chile was to win the trophy and I want to thank God that against all odds, we were able to achieve that and anything after that is not really seen as a big deal," the former Barcelona of Spain winger told Completesportsnigeria.com.

"Since they have admitted that it was a mistake, we have to leave it like that while the two players concentrate on their career.

"I am sure they still have a lot to achieve in life and I can only pray that the Almighty God see them through."
Meanwhile, adidas is expected to send another Bronze Boot which will be handed over to Samuel Chukwueze by the Nigeria Football Federation at a later date.

The FIFA letter acknowledging the error reads: “We made a mistake at the closing ceremony of the FIFA U-17 World Cup Chile 2015 with the distribution of the adidas Bronze Boot.

“Instead of player no. 8 of Nigeria, Samuel Chukwueze, the player Kelechi Nwakali (player no. 10 of Nigeria) received the adidas Bronze Boot. However, if two or more players are still equal (after goals and assists), the player who has played fewer number of minutes will be ranked first.

“With this in mind, adidas will send you another Bronze Boot in December 2015, which we would kindly ask you to hand over to Samuel Chukwueze. Please be informed that Kelechi Nwakali may keep his trophy.”

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