This Friday, September 15, FIFA held the draw for the group stages of the Under-17 World Cup in Zurich. An unkind draw for African countries.
From November 10 to December 2, Indonesia will host the flagship competition for young football talents, the Under-17 World Cup. The draw ceremony took place this Friday at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. A draw which gave birth to the 6 groups which will lead the group stages. And the least we can say is that African countries have not been varnished at all.
Senegal, Mali, Morocco and Burkina-Faso fell into fairly strong groups. The Lion Cubs of Teranga find themselves in Pool D alongside Japan, Argentina and Poland. Morocco, reigning African vice-champion, appears in Group A of the host team, Indonesia, along with Ecuador and Panama.
Mali is placed in Group B alongside Spain, Canada and Uzbekistan. As for Burkina-Faso, the young Stallions find themselves in Group E alongside France, South Korea and the United States.