By Aderonke Ojo
Abuja, April 21, 2023
Nigeria’s Flying Eagles were on Friday in Zurich drawn in Group D alongside Brazil, Italy and Dominican Republic for the first round of the 2023 FIFA Under-20 World Cup.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria were among the 24 countries which earlier secured their respective places in the competition.
Nigeria secured their place in the competition billed for May 20 to June 12 in Argentina after they finished third at the 2023 Under-20 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.
They and the 23 others have now been drawn into six groups of four teams each.
Group A has hosts Argentina, Guatemala, Uzbekistan and New Zealand, while Group B has the U.S., Ecuador, Fiji Islands and Slovakia.
Group C has African champions Senegal, Colombia, Japan and Israel, the country which indirectly brought about the switch in tournament venue from Indonesia to Argentina.
Group E has Uruguay, Iraq, England and Tunisia, while Group F has France, Korea, Gambia and Honduras.
NAN reports that hosts Argentina are the most successful team in the tournament while Nigeria are two-times finalists, in 1989 and 2005.