Abuja - The
Golden Eaglets of Nigeria, will today, know the identity of
their group phase opponents as the draw ceremony for the 2015 FIFA U-17
World Cup holds in Santiago, capital of host nation Chile.
Official Draw is billed to take place at the massive Art Centre 660 at
20:00hrs local time (12:00 midnight in Nigeria) and the 24 qualified
countries would be drawn into six groups of four teams each.
champions and record four-time winners Nigeria and host Chile would most
likely be the seeded teams in their respective groups of this year's FIFA
U-17 World Cup.
ahead of the draw, Golden Eaglets’ Head 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.
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are waiting to see who and who we are going to meet after the draw on
Thursday,” said the former African Footballer of the Year. “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.”
the 24 -team cast is made up of six from Europe (Belgium, France, Germany,
Russia, Croatia and England); four from Asia (Australia, Korea Republic,
Syria and Korea DPR); four from North
America (Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and USA); five from South
America (Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Paraguay and host Chile); one from
Oceania (New Zealand) and; the African quartet of Mali, Guinea, South
Africa and Nigeria.
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.