South Africa get tough draw at FIFA Under-20 World Cup

South Africa will open their 2019 FIFA Under-20 World Cup with a clash against Argentina on May 25.

This was after Thabo Senong’s charges were drawn in Group F against the South Americans, Portugal and South Korea at the Gdynia Arena in Poland on Sunday night.

The second clash will see them go toe to toe against the Asians three days later, and will then face Portugal in the third and last group stages match on May 31.

Amajita qualified for the World Cup for the second time in a row after finishing in the top four of this year’s Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations, which took place in Niger earlier this month.

South Africa also secured their bronze medal after beating Nigeria 5-3 on penalties following a 0-0 draw in Niamey, Niger after fulltime.

The last time Amajita reached the knockout stages of this global footballing event was back in 2009, where they played to a 2-1 defeat in the last 16 matches against Ghana in Egypt.

Prior to his departure for Poland to attend the draw, Senong said he was well aware that it was not going to be an easy draw, regardless of which nation they would be drawn against.

“It is a known fact that all the nations who have qualified for the World Cup got there by merit, and will therefore fight to the end in pursuit of doing well in the tournament. We must just work on our preparations and make sure we are ready for the tournament. Irrespective of who we draw, it is going to be a tough one and we must be ready for any eventuality,” said Senong.