F/Eagles escape World Cup ‘Group of Death’
By JACOB AJOM, AlgeriaFlying Eagles at 2013 AYC: Win Bronze
Flying Eagles will not be in the ‘Group of Death’ at the 2013 U20 World Cup after they were drawn with Portugal and Cuba.
The other team in Nigeria’s first round Group B are KoreaRepublic.
The final draw for the World Cup was staged in Oran, Algeria, Saturday night after the AYC final between Egypt and Ghana.
The Flying Eagles drew goalless with Portugal in a build-up game preparatory to the 2011 World Cup in Colombia.
Nigeria will open their campaign on June 21 against Portugal in Kayseri.
Their other match dates are June 24 against Cuba also in Kayseri and then on July 27 against KoreaRepublic in Istanbul.
The Nigeria U20 lost out to France in the quarterfinals of the 2011 World Cup.
Ghana, beaten AYC finalists by Egypt, will be in the ‘Group of Death’ along with Spain, USA and France.
Fourth-placed Mali are in Group D with Mexico, Greece and Paraguay.
Newly crowned African champions Egypt are in Group E along with England, Chile and Iraq.
The 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup kicks off on June 21 in Turkey to end on July 13.
Defending champions Brazil and one of the most successful teams in this tournament, Argentina, failed to qualify for this edition of the competition.