The stage is set for an exhilarating showdown as Nigeria’s U20 women’s national team, the Falconets, gear up to face former champions Germany in the 2024 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The draw ceremony, held in Bogota, Colombia, revealed that the Falconets find themselves in Group D alongside Korea Republic, Venezuela, and the formidable German side.

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The Falconets have a storied history in the competition, having qualified for every edition of the U20 Women’s World Cup. However, their journey has been marked by heartbreak, with two agonizing runner-up finishes in 2010 and 2014, both times falling short against Germany. The Germans, three-time champions, have consistently denied Nigeria the ultimate glory.

In the previous edition of the tournament in 2022, Nigeria secured a narrow 1-0 victory over South Korea, thanks to Esther Onyenezide’s late strike. Now, the Falconets face a familiar foe once again, as they prepare to battle Germany in the group stages. The clash promises high stakes and intense competition, with both teams eyeing a shot at the coveted title.

Group D is undoubtedly the “group of destiny” in this expanded 24-team tournament. Alongside Germany, the Falconets will also lock horns with Venezuela and Korea Republic. The expanded format ensures that every match counts, and the top two teams from each group will advance to the knockout stage.

Coach Danjuma’s side faces a daunting challenge. While the Falconets aim to clinch their first-ever World Cup title, they must overcome the German juggernaut. The Germans’ tactical prowess, discipline, and rich history in women’s football make them formidable opponents. Nigeria’s young talents will need to be at their best to upset the odds.

The U20 Women’s World Cup will take place in Colombia from August 31 to September 22. Matches will unfold across four venues in three different cities: Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali. The Falconets kick off their campaign against Korea Republic, followed by crucial clashes against Germany and Venezuela.


As the countdown begins, fans eagerly await this clash of titans. Can the Falconets break the German curse and etch their names in history? Only time will tell. One thing is certain, the Group D showdown promises drama, passion, and unforgettable moments on the road to glory.