The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has presented Golden Eaglets’ forward, Samuel Chukwueze with his Adidas Bronze Boot he deservedly won at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
Football’s world governing body, FIFA, had admitted shortly after the tournament last November that it made a mistake in naming the Golden Eaglets’ captain, Kelechi Nwakali as the winner of the award, and said it will send another prize to the actual winner, Chukwueze. FIFA also in its letter directed Nwakali to keep his prize.
NFF executive committee member, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau and General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi presented Chukwueze with his prize in Abuja on Monday.
FIFA had explained that although Nwakali and Chukwueze finished the tournament with the same number of goals (three) and assists to be the joint third best scorer, Chukwueze played less number of minutes in the tournament and therefore, was the rightful winner.
It will be recalled that Nwakali was also adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, a feat which earned him the Adidas Golden Ball award at Chile 2015.