FIFA U17 World Cup: Ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah to take part in official draw

Stephen Appiah to take part in official draw

Former Ghana skipper Stephen Appiah has been appointed by FIFA to participate in the official draw of the U-17 World Cup in Zurich on September 15, 2023.

Ghana failed to secure qualification to the tournament but the former Black Stars captain is among some highly-respected former football stars appointed to partake in the official draw ceremony.

Appiah was an integral member of the Ghana squad that won the U-17 World Cup at Ecuador in 1995 hence his appointment to be part of the draw for this year’s tournament.

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Africa will be represented by the U17 champions Senegal, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Morocco.

The teams will join 20 other nations: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Indonesia, IR Iran, Japan, and Korea Republic, as well as Mexico, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Panama, Poland, Spain, USA, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela.

The 24 participating nations will be drawn into six groups of four teams, with each group receiving one team from each of the four pots.

The tournament is scheduled to take place in Indonesia from November 10 to December 2, 2023.

This marks Indonesia’s first time hosting a FIFA tournament and the first time the FIFA U17 World Cup will be held in Southeast Asia.

It’s also the first FIFA tournament in the region since the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup in Thailand.

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