GHANA DRAWN TO PLAY HOST FRANCE IN OPENING MATCH OF 2018 UNDER-20 WOMEN’S WORLD CUP
ACCRA– The Black Princesses of Ghana have been drawn to play hosts France in the opening match of the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup on Aug 5, in Vannes, France.
The draw held in Rennes, France, last week saw the Princesses being placed in pot three alongside Brazil, Spain and China and being drawn to play in Group A alongside France, New Zealand and the Netherlands.
Ghana’s West African neighbours Nigeria will take on three-time competition winners Germany, newcomers Haiti and China 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, a FIFA legend and former France international.
The 16 qualified teams, were placed into four pots of four teams each, based on a ranking system 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 will be hoping to secure a respectable position in the competition, after gathering previous experience.
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
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK