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Rasheedat Ajibade sets U20 Women's World Cup target after draw

06:49 GMT+3 09/03/2018
Rasheedat Ajibade
The Falconets are making their ninth appearance in the tournament, and the forward is already looking beyond the group phase in France

Rasheedat Ajibade believes her side has all it takes to excel at this year's Fifa U20 Women's World Cup billed for France later this year. 

The Falconets, who are making their ninth appearance at the tournament were drawn against Germany, China and Haiti at the draw ceremony held at the Opera House in Rennes on Thursday. 

Having previously lost twice in the final to Germany in 2010 and 2014 editions, the FC Robo star insists that the 2018 set are 'different' and is optimistic they can break the losing jinx this time around. 

"We just have to prepare well and work hard to scale through the group phase this time around. We are not scared of any team and won't underrate any too," Ajibade told Goal. 

"This is a different Falconets from the previous ones they (Germany) defeated in the past and we are not going this time to make the number but to make a big statement. 

"We have a solid and quality and a very sound technical crew as well.  I believe we can make a difference if we are mentally well prepared and determined to succeed. 

"Our target is to reach the final and I believe we have what it takes to achieve that. 

"We will need good friendly games that will help us get mentally tough and ready for our opponents. 

"I also believe if we play international friendlies or go on a foreign training tour, it will also expose some of us who are yet to play against (white) oppositions too."

"That will definitely take off stage fright. That affected some of us in Papua New Guinea in 2016 and could not allow us to go far in the competition, though we really did our best," she continued.

"We surely can go all the way with the support of the Nigeria Football Federation and we will surely not disappoint them this time around.

"It will be my second outing at this level and I am hoping to prove my worth in France. I am determined to make Nigerians proud along with my teammates."

Nigeria will begin their campaign in Group D against Germany on Saint-Malo on August 6, and will face Haiti three days later at the same venue, before taking on China in Dinan-Léhon.