Nigeria’s U20 girls, Falconets have been drawn in the same group with perennial foes Germany, China and Haiti in Group D of the 9th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup taking place in France, 5th – 24th August 2018.
At the draw ceremony held at the Opera House, Rennes on Thursday, Africa’s other flagbearers Ghana were thrown into the same Group A as hosts France, New Zealand and The Netherlands.
Group B is headed by Korea DPR and also has England, Mexico and Brazil, while USA, Japan, Paraguay and Spain will slug it out in Group C.
Falconets, two –time runners-up begin their campaign with a huge test, against Germany at the Stade de Marville in Saint-Malo on Monday, 6th August. Germany edged Nigeria to lift the trophy the two times Nigeria got to the championship final – in 2010 in Germany and 2014 in Canada.
The maidens will then be up against Haiti three days later at the same venue, before moving to Dinan-Léhon, where they play China at the Stade du Clos Gastel on Monday, 13th August.
Ghana will go up against hosts France in the tournament’s opening match in Vannes on Sunday, 5th August. Concarneau is the other city that will host matches during the championship.
Nigeria’s Group D opponents Haiti will be taking part in their first –ever FIFA women’s tournament.
FIFA General Secretary Fatma Samoura said: “I’d like to send my regards and warmly congratulate Haiti, who just qualified for their first-ever FIFA women’s tournament, on their remarkable road to France. Well done, girls, for taking this huge step.
“It’s so encouraging to see these young girls pointing the way forward through playing football. For FIFA, increasing the participation of women in football is imperative. The development of women’s football is at at the top of our list of priorities in our strategy ‘FIFA 2.0: The Vision for Future’.”
France will also host the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals.