The Nation’s U-20 girls otherwise called the Falconets will need to dig deep to advance after they were drawn in Group C on Thursday. Falconets who enjoyed multiple tea parties in the African qualifiers where they took opponents to the cleaners, were drawn against France, Canada and South Korea.
The draw which took place at the at the Teatro Nacional (National Theatre) in San José, the capital of Costa Rica saw the 16 qualified teams drawn into four groups of four. Second African representatives Black Maidens of Ghana equally have their hands full in D where they face Japan, Netherlands and USA.
Only four countries, viz Germany, Brazil, USA and Nigeria have played in all editions of the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup since the competition was launched as an U19 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.