Yosra, Egypts most famous actress, will add the special touch to the Final Draw of the 4th U-17 World Championship for the FIFA/JVC Cup to be held Monday, 26 May 1997. She will be joining the FIFA President, Dr João Havelange, Dr. Abdel Emara, Chief Executive of the Supreme Council of Youth and Sport as well as numerous other dignitaries. The draw procedure will be carried out by FIFA General Secretary Joseph S. Blatter.
The venue, the Cheops Hall at the Cairo International Congress Centre, is as prestigious as the event, which will be telecast live by the Egyptian television. The hosts, Egypt, will receive particular attention since their U-17 team, although automatically qualified for the world tournament, on 24 May won the African U-17 Championship and thus announced their aspirations for further honours on home soil.
The World Championship, the fourth in the series after Italy 1991, Japan 1993 and Ecuador 1995, will be played in Cairo (National Stadium and Military Academy), Alexandria, Ismailya and Port Said. Originally, this championship started off as a World Tournament for teams with players under 16 years of age with the premiere 1985 in China, followed by Canada 87 and Scotland 89.
More than 80 countries entered the preliminary competition on the six continents, which indicates the priority which is placed on the event by footnall associations, teams and players worldwide.
The finals in Egypt, to be played from 4 to 21 September 1997, will be contested by the following teams:
CAF: Mali, Ghana, Egypt (hosts)
AFC: Oman, Thailand, Bahrain
CONMEBOL: Brazil, Argentina, Chile
CONCACAF: Mexico, USA, Costa Rica
UEFA: Spain, Austria, Germany
OFC: New Zeland