The Super Falconets have been drawn against Germany, China and Haiti in Group D of the France 2018 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in August.
At the draw in Rennes on Thursday, Ghana were drawn into Group A against France, New Zealand and Holland.
Group B has Korea DPR, England, Mexico and Brazil, while USA, Japan, Paraguay and Spain will battle it out in Group C.
The Falconets will have revenge on their minds when they face three-time (2004, 2010, 2014) champions Germany at Stade de Marville in Saint-Malo on August 6.
Germany won their second title when they hosted the tournament in 2010 at the expense of Nigeria.
Alexandra Popp’s eight minute strike and Osinachi Ohale’s stoppage time own-goal led Germany to the title at Bielefelder Alm in Bielefeld on August 1, 2010.
The Europeans returned to beat the Falconets 1-0 after extra time to lift the trophy at the 2014 finals hosted by Canada. Super Falcons superstar Asisat Oshoala won the tournament’s Golden Boot with seven goals.
Nigeria’s last group opponent China were runners-up at the Thailand 2004 and Russia 2006 World Cups.
Meanwhile, the Falconets coach Christopher Danjuma has said the draw is fair to his team, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
“We will prepare our team to be mentally ready,’’ he said.
“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 is doing all it can to ensure that we have quality preparations.’’
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