SPORTVILLE U17 World Cup: Nigeria holds highest points per game in history
All text by Ibrahim Kabiru Sule @ikabirsule
Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets team is arriving at this year’s World Cup for the Under 17 in Chile as the record holder of the highest points earned per game in the history of the tournament. With a total 2.34 points per game (three points for a win, one for a draw), the Eaglets is the most successful U17 team in the World cup history.
The World football governing body, FIFA, said “Their 40 wins, 11 draws and five defeats means they top the all-time ‘league table’ for the tournament with Ghana (2.12 points per game) and Brazil (2.04 points per game) in second and third behind them.”
It said also that statistics for the tournaments shows that 1708 goals have been scored in the history of the competition.
“Chidera Ezeh of Nigeria notched the 1700th strike in the UAE 2013 semi-final, 10,324 days after Brazilian Bismarck scored the very first goal of China PR 1985,” FIFA said.
The U17 World Cup, which kicks up on October 17 and will run up to November 8, sees Nigeria’s team paired alongside the host, Chile, Croatia and USA in group A. Eaglets will open their campaign on the first day against USA.