The draw for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup occurred today in South Korea, where the tournament will be hosted.
Four African countries, Zambia, Guinea, South Africa and Senegal discovered their three group stage opponents.
Zambia, who were crowned U-20 Africa Cup of Nations champions on home soil Sunday after defeating Senegal, were handed a tough first match. They will open against two-time FIFA U-20 World Cup champions Portugal on May 21 in Jeju. Also in Group C with the African champions are Iran and Costa Rica.
Guinea looks to have what will be the toughest time after being drawn into Group A alongside tournament hosts South Korea, six-time tournament champions Argentina and a determined England side.
South Africa were drawn into Group D where they will also face tough opponents such as Italy, Uruguay and Japan. Head coach, Thabo Senong, admitted the Amajita will have a challenging task ahead in order to move on from the group stage.
“We have a difficult assignment, but I believe once we have completed our preparation we will be up for the task,” said Senong.
However, he added that he is looking forward to the tournament and assured the South African people that his side will play their hearts out.
Meanwhile, Senegal were placed in Group F alongside Saudi Arabia, Ecuador and the USA.
The 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup will begin on May 20.