The 22nd edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup kicks off in less than 90 days.
Concise News reports that the 24 participating teams – including the Flying Eagles of Nigeria – discovered who they will face at the world’s most important youth tournament after the group stage draw was made at the Gdynia Arena on Sunday.
FIFA legends Bebeto, who won the U-20 World Cup in 1983 and the FIFA World Cup in 1994; and Fernando Couto, who lifted the U-20 title in 1989, made the draw in front of numerous coaches and icons of Polish football.
Hosts Poland will face Colombia in the opening match on 23 May and have been drawn in the same group as Senegal – all three sides met at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia during the group stage.
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For Nigeria, Paul Aigbogun’s boys were pitched against Qatar – 2022 FIFA World Cup host, Ukraine and the United States of America.
The groups at a glance
Group A: Poland, Colombia, Tahiti, Senegal
Group B: Mexico, Italy, Japan, Ecuador
Group C: Honduras, New Zealand, Uruguay, Norway
Group D: Qatar, Nigeria, Ukraine, USA
Group E: Panama, Mali, France, Saudi Arabia
Group F: Portugal, Korea Republic, Argentina, South Africa
The U-20 World Cup 2019 will take place from 23 May to 15 June in Poland, with at least seven matches to be played in each of the six host cities. Both the opening game and the final will be held in Lodz, while Bielsko-Biala, Bydgoszcz, Gdynia, Lublin and Tychy will all stage at least two matches with a seeded team.
Earlier, on Saturday 23 February, Grzywek, a Polish bison, was unveiled as the tournament’s Official Mascot.
Nigeria picked a ticket to the 2019 U20 FIFA World Cup after beating 2019 U20 AFCON hosts, Niger Republic in their last group game.