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Golden Eaglets’ Okonkwo Dedicates “Best Ever”Goal To Mother

Golden Eaglets striker Orji Okonkwo has described his goal in the 4-2 FIFA U-17 World Cup semi-final victory over Mexico as his best ever.

Okonkwo had played minor part in the tournament he started as replacement for Funsho Bamgboye who was suspended after two yellow cards.

"I have never scored a goal like this before and you cannot practice this kind of goal," Okwonkwo told the Nigeria Football Federation. "The goal I scored against Mexico today is a wonderful goal and I'm dedicating the goal to my mum who has been there for me; challenging me to be the best.

"My dad died last year; I remember him too but it is my mum that has been there for me all this while. I thank her so much." 

Okonkwo scored thrice, including a goal against Mali on April 21, 2014, at the sub-regional West African Football Union (WAFU) B Tournament in Togo where the Golden Eaglets finished third behind Benin and Togo.

"I want to thank coach Emmanuel Amuneke for pushing me so hard," said the player, who was sanctioned and kept out of the squad for months prior to the African U-17 Championship in Niger Republic.

 “He is a nice person who wants the best for us. Before the match, he called me and said: 'Orji, this is your chance, you can't afford to let yourself and Nigerians down' and when I scored, I kept saying 'coach, coach, coach’.  I’m grateful to him.” 

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