Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets and big countries like Brazil, Argentina and Germany will on Thursday know their group opponents as the draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup will hold in Santiago, Chile.
The Eaglets are defending champions having won the championship two years ago in the United Arab Emirates.
The 24 teams that qualified for the World Cup will be drawn into six groups of four teams each.
Defending champions Nigeria and host Chile would most likely be the seeded teams in their respective groups of this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Speaking ahead of the draw, Golden Eaglets coach Emmanuel Amuneke said he was not expecting an easy draw since all the qualified teams have the same ambition of winning the FIFA U-17 trophy, adding that the Nigerian youngsters would be at the ready to defend their title.
“We are waiting to see who and who we are going to meet after the draw on Thursday,” the former African Footballer of the Year told the Nigeria Football Federation website. “Though we don’t have the luxury of choosing the teams we want, we are preparing well for the tournament and we would be ready to give a good account of ourselves.”
Meanwhile, the 24 teams that will be in Chile are: Belgium, France, Germany, Russia, Croatia and England (Europe); Australia, Korea Republic, Syria and Korea DPR(Asia); Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and USA (North America); Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Paraguay and host Chile (South America); New Zealand(Oceania) and Mali, Guinea, South Africa and Nigeria (Africa).
The 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup would be held between October 17 and November 8 across eight Chilean cities, namely La Serena, Coquimbo, Vina Del Mar, Chillan, Talca, Santiago De Chile, Concepcion and Puerto Montt.
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