The draw for Indonesia 2023 FIFA U17 World Cup will hold tomorrow, September 15, in Zurich, Switzerland but without Nigeria. One of the most successful World Cup teams, the Nigerian Golden Eagles, lost in the semifinal of the African qualifying stage and was unable to advance. Burkina Faso defeated the Golden Eagles, a team coached by Nduka Ugbade. The draw will be made by Ghanaian Stephen Appiah, a former FIFA U-17 World Cup champion. Indonesia will host the FIFA U-17 World Cup in less than two months. Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Morocco will represent Africa. They will join 20 other nations, including Indonesia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Japan, Korea Republic, Canada, Ecuador, England, France, and Germany.
Others include the USA, Uzbekistan, Mexico, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Spain, and Venezuela. Six groups of four will be selected from among the 24 countries. Four pots have been created out of the teams, and one team will be chosen from each pot to join each group. The nations that won their respective confederation’s qualifying tournament were awarded five bonus points, and teams were divided into pots according to a scoring system based on their performance at the previous five FIFA U-17 World Cups. In the meantime, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) yesterday revealed a list of 85 referees for a training course in advance of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations. As usual, not a single Nigerian was included in the list.
Centre referees, assistant referees, VARs, technical instructors, physical trainers, VAR technicians, and IT support are included in the roster. With three each, Egypt and Algeria have the most referees among the nations that are represented.Seven technical coaches and physical trainers were picked from Zimbabwe, Burundi, Cote D’Ivoire, Senegal, Morocco, and Djibouti. Four VAR referees were chosen from Mauritius, South Africa, Morocco, and Egypt. At the 2023 AFCON finals, the Super Eagles of Nigeria will be one of the 24 nations vying for the championship. The event will be held in Cote d’Ivoire from January 13 to February 11, 2024.