In seven days, the 2019
FIFA U-20 World Cup will commence, with about 504 players set to feature
in the 24-team global showcase.
Nigeria’s national U-20 team, Flying Eagles, have been drawn in
Group D alongside Qatar, Ukraine and USA, in the tournament scheduled to hold
between May 23, and June 15, 2019.
FIFA Deputy Secretary General (Football), Zvonimir Boban, said
all eyes have now turned to the 504 players who would be representing their
various countries as they try to walk the path of other football stars who were
discovered at the U-20 World Cup such as, Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba.
“All eyes now turn to Poland to see which members of the class
of 2019 can emulate these legendary players.
“We can look forward to seeing top-class football, as the
squads include names that are already performing at a very high level in some
of the most competitive leagues around the world.
“The list also includes a few who have even played for their
senior national teams.
“I expect a wide-open race, with plenty of teams having a real
shot at reaching the latter stages, which will make the competition even more
exciting,” — Zvonimir Boban
Boban who won the event with Yugoslavia in 1987, said it marked
the beginning of his career, and he is confident that this year’s event would
do the same for many other players as well.
Speaking on the host, Poland, Boban said the country has so far
done a great job preparing for the global showdown.
“Poland will be fantastic hosts, as the Polish FA, which is
celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, has been doing a tremendous job
led by its President, the football legend Zbigniew Boniek – to organise a great
tournament with FIFA”
The Flying Eagles will begin their campaign against Qatar on May
24, before they take on the United States, three days later.
In their final group game, the Eagles will face Ukraine on May 30.