Not long ago we brought you features on all the young players currently signed up with Premier League teams in action at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Four players fell under the microscope, Felipe Lesniak of Tottenham and Slovakia, Ali Suljic and Isak Ssewankambo of Chelsea and Sweden and 14-year-old wonderkid Habib Makanjuola also of Chelsea.
The quarter finals of the competition were played yesterday and today with the Chelsea boys in action - and now they will face each other in the final four.
Nigeria were in action today, and as the tournament favourites were expected to beat Uruguay today considering the ability of their team - and beat Uruguay they did.
They were comfortable in their 2-0 win v the South Americans - with two goals courtesy of assists from Kelechi Iheanacho of Taye Academy and goals from Taiwo Awoniyi of Imperial Academy.
That puts the Nigerian’s, complete with their 14-year-old Chelsea protégé in the final four of the World Youth Cup.
And Makanjuola will be facing off against his own team-mates - as Sweden defeated Honduras yesterday.
The Swedes went 1-0 down against the Central American outfit early on and struggled to get a grip on proceedings. However, goals from Malmo midfielder Erdal Rakip and Halmstads ‘next Ibrahimovic’ Valmir Berisha saw them overcome a stubborn Honduran resistance to book a meeting of the three Chelsea youngsters currently in the United Arab Emirates.
Berisha’s goal, as a sidenote, was superb, check out this backheel winner …
They played each other in the Group Stage of the competition - drawing 3-3 in a thrilling match-up and either team is worthy of a place in the final next weekend.
Now all three get the chance to meet up in the semi-finals, but don’t expect to see them play - not a single one started their respective semi-final.
But feel free to tune in to the game on Tuesday, as you might catch a glimpse of one of your future stars in action.
image: © Jason Bagley