Publish date: 2022-06-23 23:22:43 | Author: Agency Report | Source: punchng.com
Nigeria’s opponents at the 2022 U-17 Women’s World Cup in India will emerge on Friday afternoon during the draw ceremony scheduled for FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland Friday (today).
Already, an Asiatic lioness nicknamed Ibha has been revealed as the official mascot of the 16-nation championship, which will hold from October 11 to 30 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, which began in New Zealand 14 years ago.
India hosted the U-17 World Cup for the boys in 2018 and were 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 in Uruguay, prevailed over DR Congo, Egypt and Ethiopia on the African continent to land in India.
Nigeria will be in Pot 3, alongside France, USA and China (meaning they will not be in the same group with any of those three).
Hosts India occupy 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.