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Golden Eaglets Player-By-Player Ratings Vs Mali

Nigeria won the FIFA U17 World Cup title in Chile early Monday morning. 

The victory ensured the Eaglets retained the title they won in 2013 and it was the 5th U17 World Cup title for Nigeria. The feat was achieved against a resolute Mali side who were playing for the first time in the final of the cadet World Cup. Completesportsnigeria.com's Izuchukwu Okosi rates the performances of the Nigerian young heroes in the 2-0 win against Mali.

AKPAN UDOH:
The keeper had an anxious start to the game. He had to make a quick dash to defend a goal-bound effort at the edge of the box when his defenders deserted him. Luckily the ball was deflected for corner. Udoh made outstanding saves throughout the game and had good distribution rate. 8/10.

JOHN LAZARUS:
The right back was at his brilliant best again, defending at the back and supporting the attacking moves made by the team.  Sometimes in the game though, his going forward was a source of concern. But overall he had a good game. 7/10.

UDOCHUKWU ANUMUDU:
The left back played superbly and displayed intelligence in timing his tackles, when to go forward and when to stay put at the rear. His thunderous shots was also part of his game on the night. 7/10.

EJIKE IKWU:
The left-footed central defender who plays on the left side at the back, made a world class defensive tackle in the first half and also made some timely clearances. 7/10.

LUKMAN ZAKARI:
The central defender may not be the most fashionable defender, but he does his job diligently. The defender took no prisoners and was willing to help out the often overlapping John Lazarus. 6/10.

DAVID ENOGELA:
The defensive midfielder received a yellow card from English Premier League referee Michael Oliver after committing his third foul in the final. Enogela had a good tournament but the final was apparently not his best game in seven games. 6/10.

KELECHI NWAKALI:
The captain of the team who was adjudged the Most Valueable Player of the tournament, was inspirational as usual. The deep-lying playmaker was seen at both ends of the field with his attacking and defensive duties. 8/10.

OSINACHI EBERE:
Ebere was at the end of some counter-attacking moves by the Golden Eaglets. He was also tracking back to help defend. He however lost the penalty kick and the ensuing rebound. 7/10.

FUNSHO BAMBOYE:
Recalled to the starting line-up after missing the semi-final through suspension, the pacey forward scored Nigeria's second goal of the night after receiving a pass from Samuel Chukwueze before rifling to the left top corner.  
His pace and strength were threats to the equally powerful Malians. 7/10.

SAMUEL CHUKWUEZE:
The skilful forward assisted Nigeria's second goal of the night converted by Bamgboye. Chukwueze's incisive passes were on display in the final though he did give away a couple of them and had to be hurled off in the second half of the game. 7/10.

VICTOR OSIMHEN:
Top scorer of the World Cup with 10 goals, Victor Osimhen who was also declared the second most valueable player of the World Cup scored the Eaglets' first goal of the night when he belted his left footed shot beyond Samuel Diarra in goal for Mali.  8/10. 

SUBS:
Chinedu Madueke:
Madueke came off the bench to contribute his quota to the team's win on Sunday nightMonday morning.The attacking midfield player assisted Nigeria's first scored by Victor Osimhen at the edge of the Malian box after making a run from the right side of attack. 6.5/10. 

Sunday Alimi:
Sunday Alimi also came off the bench in the second half and helped defend in numbers as the Malians laboured all night for a comeback. 6/10.

Orji Okonkwo:
The forward came off the bench but unlike his wonderful performance in the semi-finals when he scored an unstoppable thunderbolt, he had less impact to make in the final because his team-mates were up to their races. The resourceful player was made to defend too as the Eaglets defended their lead. 6/10

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