New Delhi: Japan and Chile have announced their squads for the Fifa U-17 World Cup, to be held in India from October 6 to 28.
Asian powerhouse Japan will feature in their eighth U-17 World Cup, having reached the quarter-finals on two occasions. They shone on their global debut in 1993 where they reached the last-eight as hosts.
The upcoming tournament will be Chile’s fourth appearance at the event and their second in a row after hosting the tournament in 2015.
Their tournament debut came at Japan in 1993, where they finished third, their best performance to date. The Chileans reached the last-16 on home soil two years ago.
Japan are clubbed in Group E alongside France, New Caledonia and Honduras, against whom they open their campaign on October 8. Chile feature in Group F along with England, Mexico and Iraq.
Goa hands overstadium to Fifa
The Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa, was on Sunday handed over to Fifa.
Local organising committee tournament director Javier Ceppi, who arrived in Margao on Saturday along with other officials, inspected the stadium and was satisfied.
The stadium was refurbished when it hosted the Lusofonia Games in 2014. With a capacity of 19,000, the stadium is the smallest of all other venues hosting the U-17 World Cup.
Japan: Goalkeepers: Umeda Togo, Tani Kosei, Suzuki Zion. Defenders: Nobuki Iketaka, Takumu Kemmotsu, Yukinari Sugawara, Yuki Kobayashi, Taichi Yamasaki, Seiya Baba. Midfielders: Kohei Okuno, Rei Hirakawa, Toichi Suzuki, Naoki Tsubaki, Shimpei Fukuoka, Hinata Kida, Soichiro Kozuki. Forwards: Hiroto Yamada, Taisei Miyashiro, Keito Nakamura, Takefusa Kubo, Koki Saito.
Chile: Goalkeepers: Julio Borquez, Rodrigo Cancino, Hugo Araya. Defenders: Gaston Zuniga, Matias Silva, Lucas Alarcon, Sebastian Valencia, Yerco Oyanedel, Nicolas Aravena. Midfielders: Martin Lara, Mauricio Morales, Oliver Rojas, Branco Provoste, Maximiliano Guerrero. Forwards: William Gama, Ignacio Contreras, Ignacio Mesias, Diego Valencia, Jairo Vasquez, Pedro Campos, Antonio Díaz O’Higgins....