Iheanacho still the shining light of 2013 class

Nigeria celebrate winning the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup Getty

Four years ago, Kelechi Iheanacho was the star of the show as Nigeria thrashed Mexico in the final of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

The Golden Eaglets failed to qualify for this year's event, which is ongoing in India, but few will forget that rampaging side who scored 26 goals in seven games, more than double that of the Mexicans.

Alongside Iheanacho were two highly-rated forwards in Isaac Success and Taiwo Awoniyi, with captain Musa Muhammed excellently marshalling his troops from the back.

But whereas Iheanacho won a League title with Manchester City and subsequently joined champions Leicester City in a £25million deal, it has not gone all to plan for the others.

Isaac Success
Success was undoubtedly the biggest star in the Class of 2013. He was the team's top scorer in the qualifiers and the first squad member to sign a professional deal abroad, with Udinese, which became activated when he turned 18 in January 2014. He netted in the Eaglets' opening two matches against Mexico and Sweden, but then sustained a tournament-ending hamstring injury while executing the volley which reduced the deficit against the Scandinavians. Two successful seasons with Granada in La Liga convinced Premier League side Watford to part with a club record £12.5million in 2016. He experienced a mixed debut campaign, netting a solitary league goal against Bournemouth, but also making his international debut against Senegal in March 2017. However, things have gone sour since then -- he has failed to get a single minute of game-time in the league and has been beset by off-field problems.

Taiwo Awoniyi
The apparent heir to the legendary Rashidi Yekini, Awoniyi stepped up in the absence of Success and netted four goals during the 2013 World Cup triumph, including in the semifinals demolition of Sweden. He was subsequently promoted to the Nigeria U20 team where he continued to flourish, thereby getting the attention of Olympic Eagles coach Samson Siasia, who included the then 17-year-old striker in his squad for the All Africa Games and Olympics qualifiers. A 2015 summer move to Liverpool ought to have been the beginning of great things in his career, but that has not been the case. He was loaned out to FSV Frankfurt in the German Bundesliga 2, but failed to make any real progress, netting once in 13 league outings and then missing the Dream Team VI cut for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Another loan move to NEC in the Dutch Eredivisie did little to convince the football community about his potential, which led to the Reds farming him out on loan for a third successive season to present employers, Royal Excel Mouscron in Belgium. He has settled down to life in the top-flight, netting three goals in seven league appearances, starting all the games, and finally looking to make good of his immense talent.

Musa Muhammed
'Captain Fantastic' was tipped to become a future Super Eagles captain, but that progression seems some way off at the moment. He did lead the Under-20s to a seventh CAF title in Senegal, but a subdued outing at right-back at the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in New Zealand cooled talk of a transfer to one of Europe's major clubs. Instead, he moved to modest Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir. Despite earning his first international cap against Mali in a friendly in May 2016, his failure to get regular game-time at club level appears to have hurt his Super Eagles chances. A desperate loan move to Bosnian club Zeljeznicar Sarajevo in February 2017 failed to get the attention of the national team selectors, and another season-long loan this year to Lokomotiv Plovdiv hasn't seen him fare any better, putting his World Cup dreams in danger.