Nigeria women's national football team
The Nigeria national women's football team, nicknamed the Super Falcons (parallel to the men's Super Eagles epithet), represents Nigeria in international women's football and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation. The team is by far Africa's most successful international women's football team winning a record eleven Africa Women Cup of Nations titles, with their most recent title in 2018, after defeating South Africa in the final. The team is also the only women's national team from the Confederation of African Football to have reached the quarterfinals in both the FIFA Women's World Cup and Football at the Summer Olympics.
|Association||Nigeria Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||WAFU (West Africa)|
|Most caps||Maureen Mmadu (101)|
|Top scorer||Perpetua Nkwocha (80)|
|Current||38 1 (26 June 2020)|
|Highest||23 (July 2003)|
|Lowest||39 (December 2018)|
| Nigeria 5–1 Ghana |
(Nigeria; 16 February 1991)
| Nigeria 15–0 Niger |
(Côte d'Ivoire; 11 May 2019)
| Norway 8–0 Nigeria |
(Tingvalla IP, Sweden; 6 June 1995)
Germany 8–0 Nigeria
(Leverkusen, Germany; 25 November 2010)
France 8–0 Nigeria
(Le Mans, France; 6 April 2018)
|Appearances||8 (first in 1991)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (1999)|
|Football at the Summer Olympics|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2000)|
|Best result||Quarter-finals (2004)|
|Africa Women Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||13 (first in 1991)|
|Best result||Champions (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018)|
|WAFU Zone B Women's Cup|
|Appearances||2 (first in 2018)|
|Best result||Champions (2019)|
They are also one of the few teams in the world to have qualified for every edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, with their best performance at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup where they reached the quarterfinals.
They won the first seven African championships and through their first twenty years lost only five games to African competition: 12 December 2002 to Ghana in Warri, 3 June 2007 at Algeria, 12 August 2007 to Ghana in an Olympic qualifier, 25 November 2008 at Equatorial Guinea in the semis of the 2008 Women's African Football Championship and May 2011 at Ghana in an All Africa Games qualification match.
The Super Falcons have been unable to dominate beyond Africa in such arenas as the FIFA Women's World Cup or the Olympic Games. The team has been to every World Cup since 1991, but managed just once to finish in the top eight. In 2003, the Super Falcons turned out to be the biggest disappointment of the first round, failing to score a single goal and losing all three Group A matches. They did little better in 2007, drawing only one of their Group B matches. However, they faced the group of death in both 2003 and 2007, grouped both times with rising Asian power North Korea, traditional European power Sweden, and a historic women's superpower in the USA.
Nigeria hosted the African women’s championship finals for the third time in 2006, replacing Gabon, which was initially granted the right to host but later pulled out citing financial difficulties, and won it for the seventh time in a row. Nigeria’s Super Falcons and Ghana’s Black Queens represented Africa in China for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The "Falconets" are the country’s junior team (U-20), which performed creditably in the 2006 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup held in Russia when they beat Finland 8–0 before they were sent packing by Brazil in the Quarter-finals. They were the runner-up to Germany at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup. Nigeria also played in the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup held in Canada and lost to Germany in the finals 0–1, Asisat Oshoala got both the golden ball and golden boot.
The "Flamingoes" are the country’s cadet team (U-17), which qualified for the inaugural women's U-17 World Cup New Zealand 2008. Nigeria qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup where they were placed in Group A with South Korea, Norway and hosts France.
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|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Club|
|1||GK||Tochukwu Oluehi||2 May 1987||Pozoalbense|
|16||GK||Chiamaka Nnadozie||8 December 2000||Paris|
|2||DF||Chidinma Okeke||11 August 2000||Madrid CFF|
|3||DF||Osinachi Ohale||21 December 1991||A.S. Roma Women|
|4||DF||Ngozi Ebere||5 August 1991||Arna-Bjørnar|
|6||DF||Ugochi Emenayo||20 December 1997||Nasarawa Amazons|
|7||DF||Mariam Ibrahim||12 December 1995||Nasarawa Amazons|
|14||DF||Glory Ogbonna||25 December 1998||Ibom Angels|
|5||MF||Regina Otu||Edo Queens F.C.|
|11||MF||Chinaza Uchendu||3 December 1997||SC Braga|
|12||MF||Folashade Ijamilusi||30 May 2001||Robo|
|13||MF||Ngozi Okobi||14 December 1993||Eskilstuna United|
|15||MF||Rasheedat Ajibade||8 December 1999||Avaldsnes|
|18||MF||Ihuoma Onyebuchi||10 December 1997||Sunshine Queens F.C.|
|8||FW||Asisat Oshoala (C)||9 October 1994||FC Barcelona|
|9||FW||Gift Monday||9 December 2001||Robo|
|10||FW||Rofiat Sule||3 August 2000||Rivers Angels|
|17||FW||Francisca Ordega||19 October 1993||Shanghai WFC|
This list may be incomplete.
Following players have been called up to a Nigeria squad in the past 12 months.
- Active players in bold, statistics as of 2020.
Recent results and fixturesEdit
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
Win Draw Lose
|28 August 2019 CAF WOQT Second round 1st leg||Algeria||0–2||Nigeria||Mustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida|
|3 September 2019 CAF WOQT Second round 2nd leg||Nigeria||1–0||Algeria||Agege Stadium, Lagos|
|3 October 2019 CAF WOQT Third round 1st leg||Ivory Coast||0–0||Nigeria||Parc des Sports, Treichville|
|15:30 UTC±0||Referee: Vincentia Amedome (Togo)|
|7 October 2019 CAF WOQT Third round 2nd leg||Nigeria||1–1||Ivory Coast||Agege Stadium, Lagos|
||Referee: Juliet Appiah (Ghana)|
- FIFA World Cup
- Olympic Games
- Quarterfinals: 2004
- 2019 Four Nations Tournament (women's football)
- African Women's National Team of the Year
- Winners: (2010, 2014, 2016, 2018)
FIFA Women's World CupEdit
|FIFA Women's World Cup record|
|2019||Round of 16||16th||4||1||0||3||2||7|
|2023||To be determined|
|Olympic Games record|
|1996||Did not qualify|
|2012||Did not qualify|
Africa Women Cup of NationsEdit
|Africa Women Cup of Nations record|
|African Games record|
|2011||Did not qualify|
|2019||See Nigeria women's national under-20 football team|
|2023||To be determined|