…face Egypt, Senegal, Mazambique

Nigeria’s Flying Eagles have been placed in a tough group that has hosts and four-time champions Egypt for the 2023 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations following the draws conducted in Cairo on Friday.

The Flying Eagles are in Group A, alongside Egypt, who were winners in 1981, 1991, 2003 and 2013. In the group also, are Senegal, runners-ups in 2015, 2017 and 2019 as well as Mozambique, who are making their second appearance. Group A will be based in Cairo.

Group B in Ismailia has Uganda, Central African Republic, South Sudan and Congo, while Group C to be based in Alexandria is headed by Gambia along with Tunisia, Benin and Zambia.

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The top two teams in the three first round groups will qualify for the quarterfinals, while the two third best losers will also advance.

The four semifinalists will qualify for the 2023 U20 World Cup to be hosted by Indonesia in May.

The U20 AFCON will be played between February 19 and March 11, 2023.

The Flying Eagles, who are making their 12th appearance at the biennial tournament are the most successful team with seven titles, but missed out on the 2021 edition with their last win coming in 2015.