By Johnny Edward:
Golden Eaglets winning captain Kelechi Nwakali is proud to have emulated his elder brother's feat Chidebere by winning the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Nwakali (jnr) was dropped from the 2013 squad that won the previous tournament in UAE which his brother was a member. Kelechi Nwakali however caught the eyes of of many football fans during the tournament where he scored three goals and three assists which saw him win the award for best player of the tournament.
In an interview with FIFA.com, the Nwakali thanked God for the rare opportunity.
“I thank God for the opportunity to win this award,” Nwakali said in an interview with FIFA.com after the final.
“It means so much.”
The midfielder was quick to praise the efforts of his teammates:
“Right from the game against the USA, when we arrived in Chile, our aim was to defend the trophy,” Nwakali said.
“We believed the only way we could do this was hard work. We approached each game with hard work and seriousness. Any team that came to Chile worked for it.”
"To play in a World Cup final and win the trophy is amazing. Not just winning it, but defending it."
Nwakali, who also won the adidas Golden Ball, admitted that their semi-final clash against the El Tri of Mexico was one of the toughest teams they confronted.
“They are a strong side,” Nwakali said of El Tri. “We believed that when it came to U-17 level, they have been there and done it already. We came from behind to win. We knew we had to work hard, that is our philosophy.”
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