5 Players to Watch Out For in Paraguay Vs Mali clash in FIFA U-17 WC
When it comes to the first match of Group B in the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 India, it will be a show of sheer class from both Paraguayan and Mali players.
Paraguay’s qualification from the South American U-17 Championship, featuring six powerful squads, happened after holding Brazil twice (2-2 and 1-1) and Ecuador and beating Chile and Venezuela to finish third in the competition. Paraguay was the only opponent to score against champion Brazil!
On the other hand, Mali was the champions from their continent defeating Guinea in the semis and Ghana in the final. Their players showed their sheer class and proved that Mali will be chasing the World Cup in India.
5 Players to watch out for in the Paraguay U-17 vs Mali U-17 Encounter:
1)Roberto Fernandez: The Paraguay Captain is gifted with the ability for man-marking and is equally comfortable moving with the ball in the rival half. He plays for Guarani as central defender and is a natural leader on the pitch.
2)Mohammed Camara: The midfielder led the way for Mali in the CAF U-17 tournament, especially in the tough games against Guinea (won on penalties 2-0) and Ghana(won 1-0). His ability of ball control and blocking is more than what can be expected from an U-17 player.
3)Baraian Ojeda: The Paraguayan midfielder is one of the main players to watch out for not only in the opening game but also the whole tournament. He plays as a central midfielder and can do havoc on the ground with the ball. His ability of pinpoint passing can be a key to Paraguay’s success.
4)Hadje Drame: The Malinké forward is already in the buy list of many European club Presidents. His spped, strength, positioning, ball-control and unique presence of mind on the ground will definitely be one of the greatest factors to Mali’s results on the pitch.
5)Youssouf Koita: Koita, a fan of David De Gea is currently one of the best U-17 goalkeepers in the world. His ability to save penalties is incredible with an excellent game-reading.
“He is the best sweeper-keeper ever playing for Mali.” said Mali’s coach Jonas Komla.