Ghana, Mali, Niger and Guinea will represent the African continent at the upcoming U-17 FIFA World Cup in India.
The Zambian legend, Kalusha Bwalya reckons that the four nations will make life difficult for their opponents when the U17 World Cup gets underway in India on 6 October.
Bwalya, who also sits on the Confederation of African Football’s executive committee, said there were many positives to take from this year’s U17 AFCON competition.
“Don’t forget that Africa has done very well in the under-17 tournaments [seven titles] and I think all these teams are good for the quarter-finals and more,” said Bwalya.
“This Malian team is good as the team that got to the final last time around and Ghana are looking really sharp.
“I’m confident these teams will uphold our reputation as Africans in the junior tournaments.”
Bwalya was speaking after the Malian side claimed a 1-0 win over Ghana to defend their CAF Africa Cup of Nations trophy.
It is also reported that Ghana are going to a tournament they know very well after they were crowned world champions in 1995 and 1999 whilst finishing as runners-up on two occasions.
Mali who lost in the final in 2015 and will be making their fifth appearance at the junior global tournament.
For the Young Syli Nationale, they reached the semi-finals in 1985, but the Menas Cadets are basking in the glory of having qualified for a FIFA tournament for the first time.