Emmanuel Kwame Donkor, GNA
Accra, March 8, GNA - The Black Princesses of Ghana would face hosts, France in the opening match of the 2018 Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) U-20 Women’s World Cup, on August 5, in Vannes, France.
The draw held in Rennes, France on Thursday, saw the Princesses, seeded in pot three, alongside Brazil, Spain and China PR.
The Ghana U-20 women national team at the end of the draw drew host France, New Zealand and Netherlands in Group A.
West African neighbours, Nigeria would take on three-time competition winners Germany, first-timers Haiti and China PR in Group D.
The draw was executed by FIFA’s Chief Women’s Football Officer, Sarai Bareman, and the Group leader for FIFA’s Women’s Tournaments, Rhiannon Martin.
They were assisted by four French sport personalities with links to Brittany: Camille Abily, Lyon midfielder and former France international Mikael Silvestre, FIFA legend and former France international.
The 16 qualified teams, were allocated to four pots of four teams, based on a ranking built according to past performance.
The ranking is based on the total points obtained in the last five FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cups (three points for a win, one for a draw, and zero for a loss).
It therefore takes into account the results from the 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010 and 2008 tournaments.
The Princesses would be hoping to secure a respectable position in the competition, after gathering previous experience.
Below is the completed draw:
Group A Group B Group C Group D
France Korea DPR USA Haiti
Ghana England Japan China PR
New Zealand Mexico Paraguay Nigeria
Netherlands Brazil Spain Germany