|Victorious super Falcons of Nigeria at the just concluded AWC in S.A.|
In Today’s FIFA Women’s World Cup Draw In Frankfurt
Still smarting from their 8-0 annihilation by Germany in an international exhibition game played in Leverkusen last week Thursday, the Super Falcons of Nigeria may be handed a chance to redeem their image today in Frankfurt when the final draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, Germany 2011 takes place at the Congress Center Messe.
The Nigerians are among the 16 qualifiers for the showpiece event and were crowned African champions for the sixth time early this month in South Africa.
While their prowess on the continent has only been tested once when they lost the African title to Equatorial Guinea two years ago in Malabo, it is at the world stage that the Nigerians have been found wanting.
Recent impressive showings at the U-20 and U-17 levels where the Nigerian girls gave a good account of themselves with the U-20 girls making it to the final of the championships incidentally hosted by Germany had given Nigerians hopes that the women’s teams may have finally come of age.
But the 8-0 drubbing handed down to the Uche Eucharia girls last week has been described aa a good wake up call that women’s football in the continent still has some catching ups to do as far as the game is concerned globally.
The Falcons can also draw either or both Brazil and Sweden who are both power houses in women’s football.
FIFA President Joseph Blatter heads a long list of VIP guests set to attend tonight’s draw.The draw assistants will be goalkeeping legend Oliver Kahn and top model and women’s football ambassador Adriana Karembeu,who will draw the 16 participating nations into four groups,which will in turn determine the match schedule and thus the team to play holders and hosts Germany in the opening match at Berlin’s Olympic stadium on 26 June 2011.
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