Tardy breaks silence on World Cup draw

Upcoming friendlies May 22 Koln U18 vs Junior Wasps May 25 Fortuna Düsseldorf U-18 vs Junior Wasps FRANKFURT – Junior Wasps coach Richard Tardy is relatively pleased with his side’s draw for the 2011 Fifa U-17 World Cup in Mexico but is not expecting any easy matches.England, Uruguay and Canada are Rwanda’s opponents in Group C and Tardy who was not in a rush to give his verdict said: “It could have been worse.  What we need is a strong start.
Tardy is relatively happy with the World Cup draw. (File photo)
Tardy is relatively happy with the World Cup draw. (File photo)

Upcoming friendlies

May 22
Koln U18 vs Junior Wasps

May 25
Fortuna Düsseldorf U-18 vs Junior Wasps

FRANKFURT – Junior Wasps coach Richard Tardy is relatively pleased with his side’s draw for the 2011 Fifa U-17 World Cup in Mexico but is not expecting any easy matches.

England, Uruguay and Canada are Rwanda’s opponents in Group C and Tardy who was not in a rush to give his verdict said: “It could have been worse.  What we need is a strong start.

We play England and it is imperative that we get a good result in that game to boost our confidence.”
 
The Junior Wasps begin their campaign against England on June 19; they then play Uruguay on June 22 before winding up with Canada on June 25.

Rwanda advanced to the World Cup after reaching the final of the Africa U-17 Championship. The other African teams to qualify include Burkina Faso, Congo Brazzaville and Ivory Coast.

Like Rwanda (CAF), Canada (CONCACAF) and Uruguay (CONMEBOL) finished runner-up in their respectively qualifying zones.

England reached the European championship semi-final only to lose to eventual champions-the Netherlands.

The top two teams in each of the six groups and the four best third-placed teams will advance to the round of 16.

The tournament, which runs from June 18 to July 10, will be played in seven cities; Guadalajara, Monterrey, Morelia, Torreon, Pachuca, Queretaro and Mexico City.

On Wednesday, the junior wasps held Tottenham’s U-18 side to a goalless draw in London and will continue their build-up with two friendlies in Germany.

The youngsters play Koln U-18 tomorrow before facing Dusseldorf U-18 on Wednesday.

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