What a day Sunday was for Kelechi Nwakali. If captaining Nigeria to victory over Mali in the FIFA U-17 World Cup wasn’t enough, the classy No10 captured the adidas Bronze Ball and adidas Golden Ball.
The man he succeeded as the tournament’s best player was Kelechi Iheanacho – two years to the day after the latter helped the Golden Eaglets outrank Brazil as its record champions. Nwakali will be hoping to emulate Iheanacho’s progress. Since winning UAE 2013, indeed, the rapid forward has starred for the Nigerian U-20s and made a promising start to life with Manchester City.
No doubt Iheanacho was watching his heir apparent with pride – after helping City get a point at Aston Villa, of course.