UAE 2013: Golden Eaglets know World Cup rivals

The draw for the 2013 Fifa U-17 World Cup will be conducted on Monday in Abu Dhabi

Nigeria and other African representatives to this year’s edition of the Fifa U17 World Cup will know their first round opponents when the draw holds today in Abu Dhabi.

The event billed to hold precisely at the Hotel Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in the UAE capital will see the 24 teams drawn into six groups of four countries with the best two teams advancing to the round of 16 while four best third place teams from the group stages will also progress to the knock out stage.

African champions Cote D’Ivoire, Tunisia, and Morocco are the other countries to hoist Africa’s flag at the United Arab Emirates in the global showpiece to take place from October 17- November.

Three-time world cadet champions, Nigeria failed to qualify for the last edition hosted in Mexico that are incidentally the reigning world champion.