In the last edition in Germany in 2010, they got to the finals but lost out to host, Germany in a tense final but now must be thinking of bringing the U-20 home.
The Falconets qualified for the World Cup by beating Zimbabwe and DR Congo, scoring 13 times and conceding none. They overwhelmed DR Congo 7-0 on aggregate and dumped out Zimbabwe 6-0 on aggregate in the last qualifying round.
One of the stars of the team, Desire Oparanozie, who is already a full-fledged Falcon, believes there is pressure on the team to perform better than they did in Germany in 2010 where she scored two goals.
“We know the pressure is on Nigeria because of our performance at the last World Cup,” said Desire Oparanozie to FIFA.com
“But we are working towards posting another good outing,” added the lanky striker.
The team will be counting on the experience of several players who featured at the Germany tourney to do better in Japan. These include Gloria Ofoegbu, Oparanozie, Esther Uchechi, Esther Sunday, Ebere Orji and Blessing Edoho and Francisca Ordega.
Nigeria are drawn in Group B against football power-house, Brazil, Korea Republic and 2012 European semi-finalists Italy.
Ofoegbu, captain of the side will lead 34 other players to the Serob Legacy Hotel, Wuye, Abuja camp to begin preparations on Sunday.
Full list of invited players:
Gloria Ofoegbu, Josephine Chukwunonye, Ebere Orji, Uchechi Sunday, Francisca Ordega, Ebubeleye Whyte, Jennifer Osawaru, Ugo Njoku, Grace, Eyebhoria, Chidinma Okoro (Rivers Angels), Ugochi Okafor, Chioma Nwankwo, Stella Henry, Blessing Edoho, Bukola Ogunnoiki (Pelican Stars), Cecilia Nku, Charity Adule (Bayelsa Queens) Desire Oparanozie, Ngozi Okobi, Jane David (Delta Queens), Asisat Oshoala (FC Robo), Lola Philips, Fasilat Adeyemo (Confluence Queens), Esther Sunday, Damilola Akano (Sunshine Queens), Prudent Ugoh (Nasarawa Amazons), Vivian Okotie, Osarenoma Igbinovia (Inneh Queens), Juliana Osuji (Nitto Queens), Abosede Olukayode, Charity Elibor (Cerezo Queens), Tina Chinyere (FCT Queens), Ayeniberun Opeyemi, Rosemary Okoro (Tokas Queens), Chiamaka Okafor (Tewo Queens)