The Golden Eaglets of Nigeria will on Thursday know their group opponents for next year’s African U-17 Championship in Tanzania when the drawstakes takes place at the Mlimani City Conference Centre in Dar Es Salam, AOIFootball.com reports.
The team will be making a return to the continental stage after failing to qualify for the last edition, a situation which also meant they could not defend the World Cup the country won in UAE 2015 under the tutelage of Emmanuel Amuneke.
That failure will however come at a cost as Nigeria is drawn in Pot 2 alongside Senegal, Uganda and Morocco, whilst Angola and Cameroon will be in pot 1.
Host nation Tanzania will be seeded in A1 whilst semifinalists of the last edition Guinea will be the second seeded team in Group B following the non-qualification of reigning champions Mali.
The qualified teams are: hosts Tanzania, Angola, Cameroon, Guinea, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Uganda.
The tournament will be held between 14-28 April 2019 in Dar es Salaam and the semifinalists will qualify to represent Africa at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru also next year.