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Zim, Malawi drawn together

Posted: 18 February 2009 Time: 13:42

The draw for the eighth edition of the Caf Under-17 Championships to be played in Algiers in North Africa has been conducted, with the two Southern African representatives – Zimbabwe and Malawi – thrown into the same group.

Africa’s teenage showcase takes place from March 19 to April 3.

The Young Warriors of Zimbabwe and Malawi’s Junior Flames, who knocked out Amajita in the qualifiers, will battle it out with the West African pairing of Niger and Burkina Faso in Group B.

Hosts Algeria are in Group A with Gambia, Guinea and Cameroon.

The tournament will be minus the defending champions Nigeria who were knocked out in the qualifiers.

Nigeria are not the only continent powerhouse missing at the tournament. Fellow traditional participants Ghana will not be taking part in this edition, which has three debutants in Algeria, Malawi and Niger.

After overcoming Amajita, Malawi walloped Namibia 8-3 in the last qualifying round and will fancy their chances on the big stage.

Niger accounted for another giant in the Ivory Coast, while Algeria were guaranteed of their place as hosts of the competition which is played in their country for the first time since the inception of the tournament in 1995.

The top four teams at the tournament will qualify for the Fifa Under-17 World Cup to be played in Nigeria in October.

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