Nigeria’s U-20 women’s national team, Super Falconets in Japan drawn against South yankee heavyweights, Brazil, Asian powerhouse, Korea Republic and 2012 European semi-finalist, Italy in group B of the forthcoming 2012 FIFA Women’s World Cup that kicks off from August 19th to September 8th.
The draw that was staged at the celebrated Conrad Hotel heralded the countdown to the junior women’s championship that may attract 16 collaborating groups battling for the final word trophy currently within the hands of Germany.
Representatives from every of the qualifying team that included Nigeria’s Head Coach, Edwin Okon, and team secretary, religion Ben-Anuge, were among those who closely followed proceedings presided over by FIFA Head of Women’s Competitions, Tatjana Haenini.
For the pinnacle coach of the Nigerian facet, Okon, it’ll not be simple and preparations should begin in earnest:
“Now, we all know who our opponents are. nice groups with wonderful records within the women’s game. Therefore it’s a sign that we’d got to improve our preparations- technically, professionally and in all different areas,” he began.
“Thank God, we’ve the total assurance and support from the Nigeria soccer Federation (NFF) to envision us through. Once I come back to Nigeria, real work will start.”
Precisely in Thailand at the 2004 edition, Nigeria squared up against Brazil and Italy at the preliminary stage, defeating the South Americans and obtaining a 1-1 draw against Italy.
However, 2 years later in Russia, Brazil eliminated Nigeria within the quarter-final stage. Falconets were runners-up at the last edition in Germany.