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Coach Christopher Danjuma vows to stop Germany at U20 Women's World Cup

06:54 GMT+3 09/03/2018
Christopher Danjuma
The Falconets were zoned against the European nation at the draw, and the gaffer is optimistic they can break the jinx after two previous defeats

Coach Christopher Danjuma says his side will do everything to avoid another defeat to Germany when they meet at the Fifa U20 Women's World Cup in France later this year. 

The Falconets were paired with Germany, China and Haiti in Group D in the group phase at the draw held in Rennes on Thursday, and are making their ninth appearance in the tournament. 

Having in mind that Nigeria had previously lost in the final twice in 2010 and 2014 edition, the gaffer believes his side's mental toughness will help them subdue the three-time winners. 

"No matter how well you hope to go far at the World Cup, you cannot avoid meeting the top-seeded teams," Danjuma told Goal

"We will embrace every opponent. It is just important that we are well prepared to show that we won't be there to add to the number but there to showcase and make names for ourselves.

"I think what will help us stand out and go beyond the group stage is going to be about the mental toughness of our players.

"They need to be on a top level mentally, psychologically and technically to survive the group. But our mental build up will surely count a lot against our group opponents. 

"We will draw lessons from how we had always gone down with them in those previous tournaments and we will try to do everything possible to avoid a repeat of history."

“Going down the third time will really be bad after two horrible experiences against them. So, we will make sure that we won't fall against this time," he continued.

"We need to build them with a mentality that can take them beyond any opponent and any stage of the competition.

"My technical crew will work on improving and raising the goal-driving attitude within the players. It all bore down to working hard because we also want to create surprises.

"We do not just need to prepare randomly, but strategic planning too with top friendly matches that will give the team the kind of mental toughness we need."