As the FIFA U-17 World Cup kicks off on October 6th in India, we take a look at the squad list of the countries drawn in Group B.
India is all set to host the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, scheduled to kick off from 6th October. 24 countries from six confederations will be competing for one of the biggest honours in youth football, with the matches being hosted in six cities across the country.
In this segment, we take a look at the 21 member squad list announced by each country drawn in Group B.
African champions Mali would look to start their FIFA U-17 World Cup campaign on a winning note when they take on Paraguay in a Group B match in Mumbai on Friday.
Mali are the runners-up in the last edition of the U-17 World Cup in 2015 and this time they would be aiming to move one step ahead by clinching the title. In the 2015 final in Chile, they were beaten by Nigeria 0-2. Mali have a strong squad, with good attack and defence, and they are one of the dark horses who could go the distance in the U-17 showpiece event.
For Paraguay, this will be their fourth appearance in the FIFA U-17 World Cup. Their debut, and best result to date, came at New Zealand 1999, where they finished fifth. However, they failed to progress beyond the group stage in their two subsequent appearances, at Trinidad and Tobago 2001 and Chile 2015.
This time, they would want to better their last edition performance and for it Friday’s game becomes crucial.
GOALKEEPERS: Ángel Roa, Jonathan Martínez, Diego Huesca
DEFENDERS: Luis Zárate, Marcelo Rolón, Alexis Duarte, Roberto Fernández, Jesús Rolón, Pedro Álvarez
MIDFIELDERS: Julio Báez, Víctor Villasanti, Stevens Gómez, Giovanni Bogado, Braian Ojeda, Alan Rodríguez
FORWARDS: Fernando Cardozo, Fernando Romero, Leonardo Sánchez, Aníbal Vega, Antonio Galeano, Blas Armoa
GOALKEEPERS: Alkalifa Coulibay, Youssouf Koita, Massire Gassama
DEFENDERS: Boubacar Haidara, Fode Konate, Mamadi Fofana, Soumalia Doumbia, Abdoulaye Diaby, Ibrahiim Kane
MIDFIELDERS: Djemoussa Traore, Mohamed Camara, Abdoulaye Dabo, Salam Giddou, Siaka Sidibe, Mamadou Samake, Cheick Oumar Doucoure
FORWARDS: Hadji Drame, Seme Camara, Mamadou Traore, Mahamane Toure, Lassana Ndiaye
How do I watch Paraguay vs Mali match live?
The Paraguay vs Mali match will be broadcast live on SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 2 HD, SONY ESPN, SONY ESPN HD, SONY TEN 3 and SONY TEN 3 HD