By Izuchukwu Okosi:
African representatives; Ghana, Mali, Guinea and Niger have been handed tricky draws in Friday's draw for the 2017 U-17 World Cup in India, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Nigeria are the defending champions after their fifth title in Chile in 2015, but the Golden Eaglets failed to qualify for the cadet World Cup billed for October this year from 6th to 28th in India.
Former Super Eagles captain Nwankwo Kanu was one of the stars of yesteryears who conducted the World Cup draw in Mumbai along with former Argentina and Inter Milan star Estabian Cambiaso among others.
The Black Starlets of Ghana have been drawn in Group A along with hosts India, USA and Colombia.
Mali are in Group B with Paraguay, New Zealand and Turkey.
Guinea will confront Germany, Iran and Costa Rica in Group C while Niger will have Brazil, Spain and Korea DPR as opponents in Group D.
The 2017 U-17 World Cup Groups
Group A : India, USA, Colombia, Ghana
Group B: Paraguay, Mali, New Zealand, Turkey
Group C : Iran, Guinea, Germany, Costa Rica
Group D : Korea DPR, Niger, Brazil, Spain
Group E : Honduras, Japan, New Caledonia, France
Group F: Iraq, Mexico, Chile, England