Nigeria’s opponents at this year’s FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup finals will emerge today afternoon during the draw ceremony scheduled for the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
Already, an Asiatic lioness nicknamed Abha has been revealed as the Official Mascot of the 16-nation championship, which will hold from October 11 – 30, 2022 in three Indian cities of Bhubaneswar, Goa, and Navi Mumbai.
Nigeria, Morocco, and Tanzania will fly Africa’s flag, to contend for the trophy against hosts India, China, Japan, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Spain, and France in the seventh edition of the biennial tournament that was launched in New Zealand 14 years ago.
India hosted the FIFA U17 World Cup for the boys in 2018 and was slated to host the girls’ event two years ago, but the covid-19 pandemic aborted that, necessitating a postponement and scaling down of the original host cities to three.
The Flamingos, who have featured in every tournament since 2008 bar the 2018 edition staged by Uruguay, prevailed over the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt and Ethiopia on the African continent to land in India.
Today, Nigeria will be in Pot 3, alongside France, the USA, and China (meaning they will not be in the same group with any of those three).
Hosts India occupies the top spot in Pot 1 alongside Japan, Spain, and Germany, with Mexico, Canada, Brazil, and New Zealand in Pot 2. Pot 4 comprises Tanzania (playing at their first World Cup), Chile, Colombia, and Morocco.