Nigeria: African teams in tough group at FIFA U-17 WC

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The four teams that will represent Africa at the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile are all in tough first round groups, but Guinea and Nigeria have even tougher opposition to contend with, PANA reported from here Friday.

At the final draw for the tournament in Chile on Thursday, Guinea was drawn with England, Brazil and Korea Republic in what could be the toughest group for any of the African teams (Guinea, Mali, Nigeria and South Africa).

For its part, the most successful team at the 17 Oct - 8 Nov. tournament, four-time winner Nigeria, is in group A with host Chile, Croatia and United States.

Mali has Belgium, Honduras and Ecuador to contend with in group D while South Africa will face Costa Rica, North Korea and Russia in group E.

But without doubt the overall "Group of Death" is Group C which contains European and South American powerhouses Germany and Argentina, as well as Australia and Mexico.

The hosts will be one of the main attractions on the opening day, which they will bring to a close when they take on Group A opponent Croatia in Santiago. Defending champion Nigeria and USA complete that group.

In the day’s other stand-out match, Brazil begin their Group B campaign against Korea Republic in Coquimbo.

Predictably the draw provided several fascinating outcomes highlighted perhaps by Group A with champion Nigeria and host Chile pitted together.

There is intrigue too in Group B which boasts a fascinating mix of styles in England, Guinea, Brazil and Korea Republic.

The following are the first round groups for the 24 teams in the tournament final:

Group A (Santiago, Vina del Mar, Coquimbo): Chile, Croatia, Nigeria, USA
Group B (La Serena, Coquimbo, Vina del Mar): England, Guinea, Brazil, Korea Republic
Group C (Chillan, Talca): Australia, Germany, Mexico, Argentina
Group D (Talca, Chillan): Belgium, Mali, Honduras, Ecuador
Group E (Concepcion, Puerto Montt): South Africa, Costa Rica, Korea DPR, Russia
Group F (Puerto Montt, Concepcion): New Zealand, France, Syria, Paraguay
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07 august 2015 11:10:35

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