African teams get tough Under-20 World Cup draw

Recently crowned African Under-20 champions Zambia have been drawn to face Portugal, Costa Rica and Iran in the Under-20 World Cup to be played in South Korea later this year.

The Junior Chipolopolo, who hosted and won the Afcon tournament for the first time, beat Senegal 2-0 in the final last week in front of a capacity crowd at the National Heroes Stadium in Lusaka.

Senegal were placed in group F and will face USA, Saudi Arabia and Ecuador.

Guinea, who clinched third place after beating South Africa, are in group A and have the honour of playing the hosts in the opening game of the tournament. Argentina and England complete a tough pool.

South Africa were drawn against Italy, Japan and Uruguay in group D for the event that will take place from 20 May until 11 June.

The top two teams from the six groups and the four best placed third teams will qualify for the knock-out rounds.

Full draw:

Group A : South Korea, Argentina, England, Guinea

Group B: Germany, Mexico, Venezuela, Vanuatu

Group C: Portugal, Costa Rica, Zambia, Iran

Group D: Uruguay, Japan, Italy, South Africa

Group E: France, New Zealand, Honduras, Vietnam

Group F: USA, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador

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