Fifa Under-20 World Cup Draw: Amajita To Face Japan, Italy, Uruguay


Looking to emulate their impressive showing at the 2009 Under-20 World Cup hosted by Egypt, South Africa find themselves in a tough group.

The official draw for the Fifa Under-20 World Cup Korea Republic 2017, has taken place at the Suwon Atrium, drawing 24 participating teams into six groups of four.

The draw was conducted by some famous football personalities including Diego Maradona, who won the 1979 Fifa Under-20 World Cup.

The top two teams in each group as well as the four best third-placed teams will qualify for the Round of 16.

In 2009, Amajita reached the knock-out stages, having finished the tournament as one of the best third placed team, with four points from three matches.

However, they will have their work cut out for them, after being drawn in Group D with Japan, Italy and Uruguay.

Judging by how the boys applied themselves in the recent Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) Under-20, Amajita go into this tournament as one of the genuine contenders to reach the knock-out stages.

Thabo Senong’s side will take on Japan in their opening match of the tournament, followed by Italy and then conclude their group matches with a contest against Uruguay.

Guinea, which defeated Amajita 2-1 in the third place playoff this past Sunday, find themselves drawn in a group of death.

It’s a group which features the most successful team in the history of the tournament, Argentina, with a record 6 Fifa U-20 World Cup titles.

The group is completed by England and tournament hosts Korea Republic, who take on Guinea in the opening match on 20th May.

Afcon 2017 U-20 champions Zambia and Senegal are drawn in Group C and Group F, respectively.


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