WC draw: Flying Eagles avoid England team filled with Nigeria-eligible stars but face Brazil 

Published: April 21, 2023
WC draw: Flying Eagles avoid England team filled with Nigeria-eligible stars but face Brazil 

Nigeria U20 national team, coached by Ladan Bosso, have discovered the opponents they will face in the group stage of the upcoming 2023 FIFA U20 World Cup in Argentina. 


The Flying Eagles have been drawn in Group D alongside Italy, Brazil and Dominican Republic.


The twenty four qualified countries  were placed in six groups of four, with the top two and four best third-placed teams advancing to the knockout stage. 


Nigeria have avoided a strong-looking England team who qualified for the tournament by virtue of winning the 2022 European U19 Championship. 


The Young Lions have in their ranks several players of Nigerian descent, with the likes of Carney Chukwuemeka (Chelsea), Owen Goodman (Crystal Palace), Malcolm Ebiowei (Crystal Palace), Daniel Oyegoke (Brentford), Tim Iroegbunam (Aston Villa), Sam Edozie (Southampton) and Tobi Oluwayemi (Celtic) all having caps for the age group. 


Nigeria have come up against Brazil five times in previous editions of the World Cup with the Flying Eagles losing four while drawing the other game, while they were beaten 2-0 by the Italians in Canada 1987.


Chelsea loanee Andrey Santos and Athletico Paranaense striker Vitor Roque are the key players in the Brazilian squad.


FIFA U20 World Cup draw in full

Group A : Argentina, Uzbekistan, Guatemala, New Zealand

Group B : United States, Ecuador, Fiji, Slovakia

Group C : Senegal, Japan, Israel, Colombia

Group D : Italy, Brazil, Nigeria, Dominican Republic

Group E : Uruguay, Iraq, England, Tunisia

Group F : France, Korea Republic, The Gambia, Honduras



Ifeanyi Emmanuel 



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