Chukwueze sets record at World Cup
Nigeria’s Samuel Chukwueze has put his name in FIFA record books after he scored one of the fastest goals in history of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in a 5-1 win over Chile.
The hard-running midfielder’s well-taken strike was the third-fastest goal in the history of the competition, exceeded in speed only by Brazilians Fabinho at Korea 2007 and Celso at Peru 2005, who took only nine and 14 seconds respectively to find the back of the net.
“I had no idea, but it’s an honour to know that my name is part of the history of a World Cup. I never imagined anything like this. It makes me feel proud,” he told FIFA.com.
The youngster served early notice of his striking prowess at the 2013 Iberian Cup in Estoril, when, at the age of only 14, he scored the small matter of 12 goals in seven matches for Nigeria’s U-17s.