Former Super Falcons’ coach, Eucharia Uche has said Falconets are the team to beat in this year’s Fifa Under20 Women’s World Cup in Japan.
Reacting to Monday’s 2012 Fifa Under20 Women’s World Cup draws in Tokyo, Japan pitched Nigeria against the South American heavyweights, Brazil, Italy and Korea Republic in Group B, the former Nigerian international told SuperSport.com that the nation’s campaigners are the favourites to progress from the group.
“Group B is not bad, I don’t see any problem for Falconets qualifying from that group.
“There is no country in the world that the present Under20 team cannot successfully handle and win.
“They have one of the best coaches in the land. Falconets are experienced and have been exposed to the highest level of football.
“They have advantage of qualifying ahead of Brazil whom I reckoned are not really fantastic at the age grade competitions.
“The Falconets are the team to be feared in that group and not the other way round,” said the Bayelsa Queens coach.
Africa’s second representatives, Ghana, who are drawn in Group D with two-time world champions USA, title holders, Germany and China PR.
The draw was presided over by Tatjana Haenni, Fifa’s head of women’s competitions assisted by four star members of Japan’s 2011 Fifa Women’s World Cup winning side, namely Homare Sawa, Kozue Ando, Azusa Iwashimizu and Saki Kumagai.
The tournament hold from August 19 to September 8 this year. The 21-day fiesta will take place in five venues, Hiroshima, Kobe, Miyagi, Saitama and Tokyo playing host to the final.
The top two teams from each group progress to the quarterfinals.