Panaji: India are placed in a strong Group A that comprises of Brazil, Portugal and Ghana for the Expo 2014 Unity World Cup, an official press release said on Tuesday.
Group B consists of Columbia, Nigeria, Egypt and Uzbekistan in the draws which were being released at the Florida Hotel and Conference Centre in Orlando, USA recently.
The draws were being released in the presence of representatives of all teams and Berhanu Kebede, former President of the Ethiopia Football Federation and presently a confederation of African Football member for the Club Licensing committee of the FIFA. He was the FIFA observer of the draws.
The Expo 2014 Unity World Cup's inaugural ceremony will be held on December 5 at Nehru Stadium, Fatorda where all countries are expected to be present.
Portugal play Ghana in their first game on December 6 at the Lal Bahadur Stadium in Hyderabad while Brazil play hosts India in the second match of the same group on the same day.
Egypt play Nigeria in their first game on December 6 at the Bengaluru Football Stadium. Columbia take on Uzbekistan in the second match of the group B on the same day.
On December 7, Uzbekistan play Egypt while Columbia will be up against Nigeria in Bangalore. On December 8, India play Ghana, while Portugal take on Brazil in Hyderabad.
There will be a switch on December 9 with two teams from Hyderabad moving to Bangalore and vice versa. Brazil will be moving to Bangalore and play their last league encounter against Ghana and the other match at the same venue will be between Uzbekistan and Nigeria. While in Hyderabad India play Portugal in the first match of the day and Columbia face Egypt in the last league encounter.
Apart from the opening ceremony, the semi-finals are scheduled in Goa, to be held on December 11 and 12. The final is also slated in Goa on December 14.