UAE 2013: Golden Eaglets Lock Horns With Iran in the Round of 16.

Nigeria will play Iran in the round of 16 of the ongoing FIFA Under-17 World Cup on Tuesday October 29 in Al Ain.

The coach Manu Garba-led boys finished top of Group F with seven points, while Iran ended Group E preliminary round runners-up with five point.

Nigeria crushed defending champions Mexico 6-1 in their opening group match at the same venue for Tuesday’s battle for a quarter-final ticket, before sharing the spoils with Sweden in a match which ended 3-3.

Golden Eaglets Face Iran on Tuesday in AL Ain.
Golden Eaglets Face Iran on Tuesday in AL Ain.

The Golden Eaglets then moved to Dubai for their 5-0 trouncing of Iraq yesterday (Friday) to book a place in the second round of the FIFA World Cup.

Nigeria have won the tournament on three different occasions and are seeking for a record fourth triumph. Brazil are the only other nation to have won the U-17 tournament thrice.

All the four African representatives at this year’s showpiece have reached the knockout round with Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire set for a replay of April’s semi-final clash at the African Youth Championship (AYC) in the knockout stage of the FIFA tournament.

Tunisia will play Argentina, while Group F runners-up Sweden face Japan.

Round 16 Pairing

Nigeria vs. Iran
Italy vs. Mexico
Japan vs. Sweden
Brazil vs. Russia
Honduras vs. Uzbekistan
Uruguay vs. Slovakia
Morocco vs. Tunisia

The Second round matches come up on Monday (28) and Tuesday (29) October.

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