Nigeria’s U-17 women’s football team, the Flamengoes, have been drawn in group D for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Costa Rica.
The Flamengoes will play Colombia in their opening game, go against China in the second encounter and tackle Mexico in the final group game.
The U-17 Women’s national team qualified for the world cup finals following the withdrawal of South Sudan.
South Sudan was to host the first leg of the two-legged qualifier against Nigeria between November 1 and 3 2013 but withdrew, making their opponents, Nigeria, the first African team to qualify for the tournament.
At the last edition in Azerbaijan, the Flamengoes made it to the quarter-finals, losing the semi-final place to France in a penalty shoot-out. But it was an experience and exposure for the team, as Halimatu Ayinde finished third top scorer with four goals.
The 2014 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will be the fourth edition of the tournament since its inception as a competition in 2008 and Nigeria, Ghana and Zambia will represent Africa when the event kicks-off on the March 15 next year.
GROUP A GROUP B
Costa Rica Ghana
Venezuela North Korea
GROUP C GROUP D
New Zealand Mexico