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Top EPL Scouts Invade Chile For Eaglets

Posted: Oct 15, 2015 at 1:06 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)


A couple of English Premier League clubs have sent their scouts to Chile to run the rule over the top stars in the Golden Eaglets fold.

It has been confirmed that representatives of Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool  will be in the stands on Saturday when the Nigeria U-17s clash with their United States counterparts at the Estadio Nacional Julio Martínez Prádanos in Santiago.

The players that are on the radar of the English Premier League trio are skipper Kelechi Nwakali (ASJ Academy), Funsho Bamgboye (Aspire Academy), Victor Osimhen (Ultimate Strikers) and Joel Osikel ( Young Eleven FC). Prior to the tournament in Chile, Kelechi Nwakali had flirted with Manchester City, with the Citizens inviting him to England and  he was given a tour of the club’s training facilities.

Kelechi Iheanacho, Chidiebere Nwakali and Musa Yahaya were snapped up by English clubs after the 2013 Fifa U17s.

South Africa, will be making their debut at a U-17 World Cup in Chile. Syria and Belgium return for their second appearance after both debuting at Korea Republic 2007, while USA and Brazil make a record-continuing 15th appearance at the global U-17 finals.

2000 is the year in which Mali’s Mamady Diarra, who plays for Yeelen in his home country, was born, making him the first player to be named in a squad for a men’s World Cup tournament (U-17, U-20 or senior), who was born after the turn of the millennium.

172 goals were scored in the previous tournament, UAE 2013, a record high for the U-17 World Cup. That record was achieved in 52 games, meaning an average of 3.31 goals per game, bettered only by Japan 1993 (3.34), Peru 2005 (3.47) as well as the record goals per game scored at Egypt 1997 and Finland 2003 (3.66).