U17 World Cup debutants Niger face North Korea

U17 World Cup debutants Niger face North Korea
Ibrahim Boubacar Moussa of Niger challenged by Mohammed Iddriss of Ghana during the 2017 Under 17 Africa Cup of Nations Finals Ghana and Niger at the Port Gentil Stadium, Gabon on 24 May 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Oct 05, 2017. 15:00

Niger will take on North Korea in their first encounter of the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 16h30 CAT.

The Group D game will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi, India.

Niger secured their place in the U17 World Cup after finishing fourth at the 2017 Under-17 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals.

Soniantcha striker Ibrahim Boubacar Marou, who netted two goals at the U17 AFCON finals, will be looking to inspire Niger to victory over North Korea.

The Junior Menas are under the guidance of Ismaila Tiemoko and they are making their first appearance in the World Cup.

Meanwhile, North Korea qualified for the U17 World Cup after finishing fourth at the 2016 Asian Under-16 Championship.

Kye Tam of Pyongyang International Football School scored four goals for North Korea at the Championship and he will be hoping to help his side beat Niger.

Kim Yong-su, is the Junior Chollima coach, and the Asian side's best performance in the U17 World Cup was in 2005 - reaching the quarter-finals.

This will be the first meeting between Niger and North Korea in the U17 World Cup.



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