FIFA U17 World Cup: Mali Duo Win Top Awards After Finishing Third Place

FIFA U17 World Cup: Mali Duo Win Top Awards After Finishing Third Place

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Hamadou Makalou and Ibrahim Diarra finished on the podium at the FIFA U17 World Cup
  • The Mali duo won individual awards for their performances at the tournament in Indonesia
  • Mali finished third after beating Argentina on Saturday in the third-place play-off

Malian youngsters Hamadou Makalou and Ibrahim Diarra finished the FIFA U17 World Cup on a high note after scooping individual awards at the end of the competition.

The talented teens led Mali to finish third at the 2023 FIFA U17 World Cup after beating Argentina 3-0 in the third and fourth-place game.

Both players scored in the match against the South Americans to end the World Cup in style.

Mali, Hamadou Makalou, Ibrahim Diallo, World Cup
Mali duo Hamadou Makalou and Ibrahim Diarra receive their awards at the FIFA U17 World Cup. Credit: @FIFAcom
Source: Twitter

Makalou won the Silver Ball award for being the second-best player at the competition behind Germany's Paris Brunner, as reported by FIFA.

Meanwhile, Diarra walked home with the Silver Boot after scoring five goals at the tournament in Indonesia.

Argentina's Augustin Ruberto won the Golden Boot with compatriot Claudio Echeverri receiving the Bronze Boot.

Germany defeated France in the final to win the competition for the first time following a penalty shootout victory per Bundesliga.

Ghana and Nigeria remain the only two countries from Africa to win the FIFA U17 World Cup. sharing seven titles between them.

Below is full list of winners at the competition

Best Players:

Golden Ball: Paris Brunner (GER)

Silver Ball: Hamadou Makalou (MAL)

Bronze Ball: Mathis Amougou (FRA)

Top scorers:

Golden Boot: Agustin Ruberto (ARG)

Silver Boot: Ibrahim Diarra (MAL)

Bronze Boot: Claudio Echeverri (ARG)

Best Goalkeeper:

Golden Glove: Paul Argney (FRA)

Fair Play:

FIFA Fair Play Trophy: England

C.K Akonnor's son wins World Cup

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that the Son of former Ghana captain and coach, Charles Kwablan Akonnor, Charles Kwablan Herrmann has won the U17 World Cup with Germany.

Kwablan Herrmann played a pivotal role as the Europeans strolled to another championship success after beating France in the final on penalties.

Although the 17-year-old was an unused substitute in the final against Les Bleuets, Kwablan Herrmann made five appearances, scoring a goal and providing two assists.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.