Ivory Coast handed tough draw for 2013 U-17 World Cup

The Under-17 World Cup trophy

African Under-17 champions Ivory Coast have been handed a tough draw for the 2013 Under-17 World Cup in United Arab Emirates from 17 October to 8 November.

The Baby Elephants will face 2011 runners-up Uruguay and European qualifying tournament runners-up Italy in Group B, along with New Zealand.

Three-time winners Nigeria, who were beaten African finalists in April, are in a group with holders Mexico.

Morocco and Tunisia are Africa's other teams in the tournament.

Hosts UAE have been drawn with three-time winners Brazil.

Group A

UAE, Brazil, Honduras, Slovakia

Group B

New Zealand, Uruguay, Ivory Coast, Italy

Group C

Uzbekistan, Panama, Morocco, Croatia

Group D

Japan, Venezuela, Tunisia, Russia

Group E

Iran, Argentina, Canada, Austria

Group F

Iraq, Mexico, Nigeria, Sweden