So far, Nigeria ghave not disappointed.And late Wednesday evening when the game kicked off, they were not about to start. The defending champions, coached by former Nigeria winger Emmanuel Amuneke, put their loss to Croatia in the last round behind them and completely hammered Australia 6-0 to book their quarter-final place in the ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.The tournament’s leading goalscorer Victor Osimhen kept up his record of scoring in every game with a hat-trick, while captain Kelechi Nwakali, Edidiong Michael Essien and midfielder Samuel Chukwueze all added a goal each.Osimhen (pictured below) got the ball rolling in the 22nd minute, and the Golden Eaglets were soon 2-0 ahead when Nwakali scored from the spot three minutes later. The Joeys kept out the Nigerians for the rest of the half, but could do nothing about the second half onslaught from the Africans.Osimhen added two more goals in the 73rd and 79th minutes to take his tally to seven goals, before Essien and Chukwueze wrapped up proceedings in the 86th and 88th minutes.Up next for the Eaglets will be Brazil on Sunday. The South Americans edged New Zealand 1-0 to reach the last eight. Mexico, and Belgium are the other two who made it. Another four will be confirmed in Thursday’s games.Round of 16 resultsMexico 4-1 ChileBrazil 1-0 New ZealandNigeria 6-0 AustraliaKorea Republic 0-2 Belgium –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
BACK IN THE SADDLE–Jockey Flavien Prat gets his first win since being seriously injured Sept. 17, as he guided Belvoir Bay to an emphatic 7 ¼ length win in Sunday’s $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita. A French native, Prat, 23, returned to riding on Saturday following multiple spinal fractures and a collapsed lung.