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U-17: Osimhen set to break goal scoring records

Osimhen ready to fight for shirt in U-23 camp

in from Nifemi Daniel . . .

Golden Eaglets’ prolific scorer, Victor Osimhen, would break a new goal scoring record if he scores in the final of the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Osimhen opened his Chile 2015 account with a goal in the 2-0 win over the USA on the opening day. He continued with a brace in the 5-1 defeat of host Chile and was also Nigeria’s scorer in the 2-1 loss to Croatia to round off the group phase.

He was also in superb form at the commencement of the knockout stage by grabbing the first hat trick of Chile 2015 in the crushing 6-0 defeat of Australia in Round 16 and he followed up his act with a goal each in the 3-0 and 2-1 win against Brazil and Mexico respectively in the quarter and semifinals.

Osimhen who equaled the long-standing FIFA U-17 World Cup scoring record of nine goals in a tournament following his goal in the 4-2 defeat of Mexico on Thursday at the Estadio Municipal in Concepción, is now on the threshold of history to break the record of most goal in a single tournament at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The record was previously jointly held by French Florent Sinama Pongolle and Ivorian Souleymane Coulibaly who were top scorers at the global cadet championship at Trinidad & Tobago 2001 and Mexico 2011 respectively.

Top 3 Scorers Since 1985

1985-China
8-Marcel Witeczek(Germany)
5-William (Brazil)
4-Bella Momoh(Nigeria)

1987-Canada
5-Yuri Nikiforov (Russia)
5-Moussa Traore(Guinea)
4-Sergei Arutyunian(Russia)
4-Philip Osundo(Nigeria)

1989-Scotland
3-Fode Camara (Guinea)
3-Tulipa (Portugal)
3-Khaled Jasem(Bahrain)

1991-Italy
4-Adriano(Brazil)
4-Nii Odartey Lamptey(Ghana)
3-Jorge Toledano(Mexico)

1993-Japan
6-Wilson Oruma (Nigeria)
5-Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria)
5-Manuel Neira (Chile)
5-Peter Anosike (Nigeria)

1995-Ecuador
5-Daniel Allsopp (Australia)
5-Mohamed Al Kathiri(Oman)
4-Fernando Gatti( Argentina)

1997-Egypt
7-David (Spain)
5-Hashim Saleh (Oman)
4-Seydou Keita (Mali)

1999-Newzealand
7-Ismael Addo (Ghana)
4-Waleed Rasoul (Qatar)
4-Leonardo(Brazil)

2001- Trinidad & Tobago
9-Florent Sinama Pongolle (France)
5-Femi Opabunmi (Nigeria)
4-Caetano(Brazil)

2003-Finland
5-Cesc Fabregas (Spain)
5-Carlos Hidalgo (Colombia)
5-Manuel Curto(Portugal)

2005-Peru
5-Carlos Vela (Portugal)
4-Nuri Sahin (Turkey)
4-Tevfik Kose (Turkey)

2007-South Korea
7-Macauley Chrisantus(Nigeria)
6-Ransford Osei (Ghana)
5-Toni Kroos (Germany)

2009-Nigeria
5-Borja (Spain)
5-Sani Emmanuel (Nigeria)
5-Sebastian Gallegos (Uruguay)

2011-Mexico
9-Souleymane Coulibaly (Cote d’Ivoire)
6-Samed Yesil (Germany)
5-Adryan (Brazil)

2013-UAE
7-Valmir Berisha (Sweden)
6-Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria)
6-Boschilia (Brazil)

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