By Izuchukwu Okosi:
The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria will play a very tough Mali side in Sunday’s FIFA U17 World Cup final.
Former Wimbledon striker John Fashanu believes Belgium who lost 3-1 to the Malians in their semi-finals clash would have been a lesser headache for the Emmanuel Amuneke’s team, but nonetheless, hopes for victory against the west Africans.
“The U17 final will be a very difficult game. We’re talking about the African champions versus the world champions,” Fashanu told Completesportsnigeria.com.
“I believe the all African World Cup final is harder as all matches involving teams from this continent at such tournaments are very physical and the pace is very fast.
“Belgium have good pedigree in football, but the physical nature of matches involving African teams make this one an exciting game in prospect. I hope the Nigerian team win. They might have had an easier opposition in Belgium than Mali,” the Nigerian-born former England international who was a winner of the 1988 English FA Cup told Completesportsnigeria.com.
Sunday’s final will be the second time African teams will play each other at the FIFA U17 World Cup final.
The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria won the tournament in 1993 when Japan hosted it, beating Ghana 2-1 in the final.
Sunday’s final kicks of 11pm Nigerian time. The final will be preceded by a third-place final between Belgium and Mexico.