U20 FIFA WC : Nigeria’s Flying Eagles have been drawn against Ukraine, the USA and Qatar in the group phase of the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup finals in Poland. The four countries will play in Group D in Poland from 23rd May – 15th June.
In the draw host nation Poland are In Group A alongside Colombia, Tahiti and Senegal, while African champions Mali will take on France, Panama and Saudi Arabia in Group E.
Group B has Mexico, Italy, Japan and Ecuador. Honduras, New Zealand, Uruguay and Norway will make up Group C. Group F is composed of another African flag-bearer South Africa, Argentina, Portugal and Korea Republic.
Nigeria finished as runners –up at the FIFA U20 World Cup in 1989 when the team lost to Portugal in the final in Saudi Arabia, and in 2005 against Argentina in The Netherlands. Nigeria also won bronze medals in the old Soviet Union in 1985.
Nigeria’s Group D opponents, Qatar, shocked the world in 1981, when the country reached the final in Australia,but to the then West Germany.
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