Nigeria to face Netherlands in U17 World Cup round of 16

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GOIANIA, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 26: Players of Nigeria pose for photo prior to the match against Hungary for FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 at Estadio Olimpico on October 26, 2019 in Goiania, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)
GOIANIA, BRAZIL – OCTOBER 26: Players of Nigeria pose for photo prior to the match against Hungary for FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 at Estadio Olimpico on October 26, 2019 in Goiania, Brazil. (Photo by Alexandre Schneider – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Africa’s representatives at the FIFA Under-17 World Cup know who they will face in the knockout stages of the tournament following the conclusion of the final group games on Sunday night.

Angola will kick off the action against South Korea at the Estádio Olímpico Pedro Ludovico in Goiânia on November 5. Nigeria, five times winners of this tournament, will play the Netherlands at the same venue on the same day at a later time. Senegal will play Spain at the Estádio da Serrinha, also in Goiânia, on November 6.

Angola finished runners-up in Group A behind hosts Brazil while Nigeria topped Group B ahead of another South American team, Ecuador. Senegal also finished second in Group D behind Japan. All teams finished with identical records of two wins and one defeat from their three group games.

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets will be aiming to return home with a record sixth U-17 world title.

“We want to bring this World Cup back to Nigeria. I want to make my country proud of the team,” Ibrahim Said, Nigeria’s hat-trick hero against Ecuador, said.

Nigeria and Angola could meet in the semifinals should they get past their respective opponents in the Round of 16 and the quarterfinals.

African champions Cameroon were the only African representatives not to progress from the group stage at the tournament.

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