The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, delegation to the Canada 2015 7th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals draw ceremony, will depart from Abuja on Thursday morning.
Coach Edwin Okon, who led the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons, to clinch a seventh African title in Namibia in October, will be joined by Team Administrator, Ruth David and Team Media Officer, Gracious Akujobi.
The draw ceremony will be hold in Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, on Saturday, with 24 finalist teams to be divided into six groups of four teams each.
Already, qualified for the finals are host Canada, United States of America, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Brazil, Norway, Sweden, England, Japan, Australia, Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain, Switzerland, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Cameroon, China, Korea Republic, Thailand and New Zealand.
The last spot will be taken by the winner of the intercontinental playoff between Ecuador and Trinidad and Tobago. Both teams battled to a scoreless first leg in Quito, with the return leg taking place at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain on Tuesday, December 2.
The finals will be staged June 6 – July 5 2015 in six Canadian cities, viz: Edmonton (State of Alberta), Moncton (State of New Brunswick), Montreal (State of Quebec), Vancouver (State of British Columbia),
Ottawa (State of Ontario) and Winnipeg (State of Manitoba).
Nigeria has featured in all six previous editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup – 1991 (China), 1995 (Sweden), 1999 and 2003 (USA), 2007 (China) and 2011 (Germany). A quarter final berth in 1999 is the Super Falcons’ best effort so far.