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New Zealand 2015: Nigeria Features Highly In FIFA Records

New Zealand 2015: Nigeria Features Highly In FIFA Records

—Fastest ever goal, youngest squad, others

FIFA released a set of numbers ahead of the New Zealand 2015 U-20 World Cup on Thursday, with Nigeria featuring prominently.

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The football governing body's website took a statistical look into the upcoming tournament and the competition's history and came up with interesting figures concerning Nigeria.

One of the figures is 18 years and nine months, which is the average age that establishes Nigeria as the youngest squad at New Zealand 2015. The oldest, meanwhile, will be provided by the European duo of Germany and Ukraine, both of whom have an average age of 20.

Then there is 14 seconds, which was all it took Nigeria's Monday Odiaka to score the fastest goal in U-20 World Cup history against Canada in 1985. His compatriot, John Owoeri, netted the second-quickest, four seconds shy of the record in 2005.

Also Nigeria's Wilfred Ndidi is one of only seven players to arrive at New Zealand 2015 having already played at a U-20 World Cup. All seven took part at Turkey 2013: the Mali trio of Ichaka Diarra, Souleymane Sissoko and Hamidou Traore, Ghana's Clifford Aboagye, New Zealand captain Bill Tuiloma and Zhabikillo Urinboev of Uzbekistan. A total of 77 players at this tournament have experience of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, with New Zealand alone boasting 12 veterans of that particular tournament.

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