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2017 U-20 W/Cup: Zambia, Senegal, South Africa, Guinea Get Tricky Draws

2017 U-20 W/Cup: Zambia, Senegal, South Africa, Guinea Get Tricky Draws

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

The draws for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup was held on Wednesday morning by the Federation of International Football Association and the four African representatives; Zambia, Senegal, South Africa and Guinea have been pitted against opponents in groups that can best be described as unpredictable, reports Completesportsnigeria.com‎.

 

The tournament  will hold in South Korea from May 20 to June 11, 2017, .

Guinea and hosts South Korea will kick off the World Cup with the opening game on May 20.

Zambia became African U-20 champions after lifting the Africa U-20 Nations Cup last weekend and were joined by Senegal (runners up), South Africa and Guinea. 

Guinea have the unenviable draw of also facing Argentina in Group A .

 

Argentina defeated Nigeria 2-1 to lift the title in 2005 in the Netherlands. 

 

Zambia will play in Group C against Portugal that defeated Nigeria at the same tournament in 1989 when Saudi Arabia hosted the world. 

Saudi Arabia themselves will come up against Senegal in Group F of the U-20 World Cup this year in South Korea.

The pairings were drawn by some famous personalities including two FIFA Legends, Diego Maradona, who won the 1979 FIFA U-20 World Cup, and Pablo Aimar, who won the 1997 edition. 

Argentina football legend Diego Maradona expressed his thoughts on the outcome of the draw as it concerns his country.

“What a draw for Argentina! “We have some tough games, including a match against the hosts! What an exciting match that will be here in Korea, especially in front of a big local crowd,” Diego Maradona said after the draw.

‎Nigeria's Flying Eagles missed out of a place in the CAF U-20 Nations Cup to Sudan on away goals after a 5-5 aggregate.

The U-20 World Cup Groups

Group A: Korea Republic, Guinea, Argentina, England

Group B: Venezuela, Germany, Vanuatu, Mexico

Group C: Zambia, Portugal, Iran, Costa Rica

Group D: South Africa, Japan, Italy, Uruguay

Group E: France, Honduras, Vietnam, New Zealand

Group F: Ecuador, USA, Saudi Arabia, Senegal

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