Nigeria’s U-20 girls, Falconets, are waiting with bated breath to know the opponents they would have to deal with in the group stage of this year’s FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup finals as the draw ceremony takes place at the Teatro Nacional (National Theatre) in San José, the capital of Costa Rica on Thursday.
All the 16 participating countries at the tournament scheduled for August 10 to 28 are now known, with Nigeria’s Falconets and Ghana’s Black Maidens to fly Africa’s flag.
This was contained in a statement by the Nigeria Football Federation’s spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, on Wednesday.
Only four countries – Germany, Brazil, USA and Nigeria – have played in all editions of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup since the competition was launched as U-19 championship in Canada 20 years ago. Germany have won the championship thrice (2004, 2010 and 2014); USA have won thrice (2002, 2008 and 2012) while Nigeria have twice reached the Final, losing to Germany in 2010 and 2014.
Ghana, Africa’s other flagbearers, have reached the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup on five previous occasions, crashing out at group stage each time.
TEAMS BY CONFEDERATIONS:
AFRICA: Nigeria, GhanaASIA: Australia, Japan, Korea RepublicCONCACAF: Costa Rica, Canada, Mexico, USAOCEANIA: New ZealandEUROPE: Germany, France, The Netherlands, SpainCONMEBOL: Brazil, Colombia
POTS (FOR DRAW PROCEDURE)
Pot 1: Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, France
Pot 2: Nigeria, Spain, USA, Mexico
Pot 3: South Korea, Ghana, New Zealand, Brazil
Pot 4: The Netherlands, Canada, Colombia, Australia