LINUS LINDAHL / AIPS* in DUBAI: The ongoing FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 is a goldmine for scouts, even though competitors have already signed some of the most sparkling diamonds.

At the start almost everyone was talking about Mosquito – not only because of the name but because he scored three goals in Brazil’s opener against Slovakia – and Ketechi Igeanacho who hit four goals in Nigeria’s 6-1 domination of title-holders Mexico.

But, according to Inter Milan scout Pierluigi Casiraghi, neither is the most interesting forward to have appeared here.

“Isaac Success, for me, is the best forward in the tournament,” said Casiraghi. “Mosquito is good and impressive in the goal area, in the last metres. But Isaac Success cooperates with other players in a way which is very impressive. He can score goals too and has a lot of qualities.”

Perfect volley

Success scored two goals in the first two group matches against Mexico and Sweden before being injured.

His second was one of the highlights of the tournament. He took advantage of a ball in the air from Iheanacho, allowed it to drop over his shoulder and then struck for goal with a perfect volley.

Success played at the BJ Foundation Academy and has signed a four-year contract in Italy – but not for Inter.

Casiraghi said: “He was bought by Udinese because someone who worked for them saw the player, decided to buy him and did everything in 15 days.”


* AIPS, the international sports journalists association, is running a Young Reporters course at the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 with the support of the local organising committee and FIFA

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