Qatar draw Nigeria in U-20 World Cup

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Qatar draw Nigeria in U-20 World Cup

Qatar and Nigeria were drawn together for the 22nd edition of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Poland alongside Ukraine and the United States in Group D, following the group stage draw held in Gdynia on Sunday.

Qatar will open their account of the tournament against Nigeria on May 24 and face Ukraine three days later before their final group match against the United States on May 30th.

The U-20 World Cup 2019 will take place from May 23 to June 15 in Poland. 

Hosts Poland will play Colombia in the opening Group A match in Lodz on May 23. Tahiti and Senegal are the other teams in the group.

FIFA legends Bebeto, who won the U-20 World Cup in 1983 and the FIFA World Cup in 1994; and Fernando Couto, who lifted the U-20 title in 1989, made the draw in front of numerous coaches and icons of Polish football.

 

Qatar will be making their fourth FIFA U-20 World Cup appearance at Poland 2019 after making their debut in 1981 when they finished second. They hosted the competition back in 1996 but bowed out in the first round and they had a similar outcome twenty years later when they finished at the bottom of Group C in New Zealand in 2015.

For 2019’s qualification, despite losing their opening match in the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship against UAE, Qatar still managed to finish top of Group A along with hosts Indonesia thanks to the head-to-head results. A 7-3 win after extra time in the quarter-finals of the competition against Thailand meant the Qataris reached Poland 2019 before losing in the semi-finals against Korea Republic.

The star player for Qatar going into this World Cup is Abdulrasheed Umar. The striker scored seven goals in the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship, including a brace in the quarter-finals clash against Thailand. Qatar hit seven past Thailand in that game, which was the same number of goals, scored in their run to finish second in the 1981 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Qatar will be guided by Coach Bruno Miguel. The Portuguese had several coaching stints in his country including giants Benfica. Miguel moved to Qatar in 2015, where he joined Aspire Academy, he was then appointed as the coach of the Qatar U-19 team in February 2017 before the start of the 2018 AFC U-19 Championship qualifiers.

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