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2017 U-20 W/Cup: Zambia, Senegal, S/Africa, Guinea get tricky draws

Posted by on Mar 16th, 2017 and filed under Foreign Sports, Sports, Top Stories. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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.

Guinea and host 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.

‎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.

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