Tough FIFA Women’s World Cup draw for Africa

Desire Oparanozie - NigeriaTHE draw for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019 took place at La Seine Musicale in Paris at the weekend. Hosts France will take on Korea Republic in the competition’s opening match at the Parc des Princes on June 7. Norway and Nigeria were also drawn in Group A.

Australia were drawn as the top seed in Group C and will face Italy, Brazil and Jamaica, while Group D will see an intriguing opening match between arch-rivals England and Scotland in Nice on 9 June. Group E saw Canada drawn with Cameroon, New Zealand and European champions the Netherlands, while holders USA will face Thailand, Chile and Sweden in Group F.

The draw was conducted by FIFA Legends Alex Scott and Louis Saha, who brought the same flair that they displayed on the football pitch to the draw event. A dazzling line-up of assistants including Didier Deschamps, Marie Bochet, Kaká, Cindy Cone, Michael Essien, Aya Miyama and Steffi Jones lent a helping hand in the draw, as the 24 nations participating in the FIFA Women’s World Cup found out whom they will play next year in France. –

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