Nigeria’s U-20 girls, Falconets, will depart from their final training camp in Tirol, Austria on Thursday, for the U-20 Women’s World Cup, with high level of confidence after scoring seven goals and conceding none in two friendly games.
The 2010 and 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup silver medallists hammered Austrian Women League topflight team, FC Wacker Innsbruck 4-0 in their final pre-tournament friendly in Tirol on Saturday.
A few days earlier, the Nigerian girls had spanked another Austrian side, FC Bergheim 3-0.
Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala was the top scorer and best player at the 2014 finals in Canada, where the Falconets finished as runners-up behind Germany.
The U-20 girls remain Nigeria’s most successful women’s team at global level, winning silver twice at the World Cup (Germany 2010 and Canada 2014) and bronze once (Japan 2012), and reaching the quarter finals in Thailand (2004), Russia (2006) and Chile (2008).
Nigeria will battle Haiti, China and Germany in Group D of the 16-nation finals, while Africa’s other representatives Ghana must negotiate a tough Group A against hosts France, New Zealand and The Netherlands.
The Falconets’ opening match is against perennial foes Germany (who beat Nigeria in the 2010 and 2014 Final matches) at the Stade de Marville in Saint-Malo on Monday, before clashes with Haiti at the same venue on Thursday, and against China in Dinan/Léhon’s Stade de Clos Gastel on August 13.