U-20 World cup: Danjuma says Falconets’ draw fair


Christopher Danjuma, the coach of Nigeria’s under-20 women football team, has described Thursday’s draws which placed his team against Germany, China and Haiti as being fair.

Danjuma said the team’s Group D rivals at the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in France are strong but surmountable.

“We will prepare our team to be mentally ready,’’ he said.

The team will begin its campaign against tournament favourites and three-times winners Germany on Aug. 6.

The Falconets had lost in the final match at Canada 2014 to the Germans by a lone goal.

“The group is fair. For any team to qualify to this stage means that they are a strong side.

“But what we need at this level of the World Cup is for the players to be mentally tough and not allow fear no matter who the opponents are.

“We will work as hard as possible because the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) is doing all it can to ensure that we have quality preparations,’’ Danjuma said.

Nigeria’s second game at the competition will be against Haiti on Aug. 9, while they will end their group stage matches against two-time runners-up China on Aug. 13.

The opening game will see the other African representatives, Ghana, slug it out with hosts France on Aug. 5 with New Zealand and Netherlands in Group A.

Group B has Korea DPR, England, Mexico and Brazil as foes, while Group C has the U.S., Japan, Paraguay and Spain.

The competition, which will be the ninth edition, is billed for Aug. 5 to Aug. 24 in France.