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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.

Nigeria
Nickname(s)Super Falcons
AssociationNigeria Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachThomas Dennerby[1]
CaptainDesire Oparanozie
Most capsMaureen Mmadu (101)[2]
Top scorerPerpetua Nkwocha (80)[3]
FIFA codeNGA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 36 Steady (27 September 2019)[4]
Highest23 (July 2003)
Lowest39 (December 2018)
First international
 Nigeria 5–1 Ghana 
( Nigeria; 16 February 1991)
Biggest win
 Nigeria 15–0 Niger 
(Côte d'Ivoire; 11 May 2019)
Biggest defeat
 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)
World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1991)
Best resultQuarter-finals (1999)
Football at the Summer Olympics
Appearances3 (first in 2000)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2004)
Africa Women Cup of Nations
Appearances13 (first in 1991)
Best resultChampions (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018)
WAFU Zone B Women's Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2018)
Best resultChampions (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.

HistoryEdit

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.

 
Super Falcons after a training session

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.


Competitive recordEdit

World CupEdit

World Cup Finals
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
  1991 Group stage 10th 3 0 0 3 0 7
  1995 Group stage 11th 3 0 1 2 5 14
  1999 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 8 12
  2003 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 0 11
  2007 Group stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 4
  2011 Group stage 9th 3 1 0 2 1 2
  2015 Group stage 21st 3 0 1 2 3 6
  2019 Round of 16 4 1 0 3 2 7
Total 8/8 - 26 4 3 19 20 63

OlympicsEdit

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
  1996 Did not qualify
  2000 Group stage 3 0 0 3 3 9
  2004 Quarter-finals 3 1 0 2 3 4
  2008 Group stage 3 0 0 3 1 5
  2012 Did not qualify
  2016 Did not qualify
  2020 To be determined
Total 3/6 9 1 0 8 7 18

All African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
  2003 Champions 5 5 0 0 17 1
  2007 Champions 4 3 1 0 14 2
  2011 Did not qualify 0 0 0 0 0 0
  2015 Fourth place 5 2 0 3 11 7
  2019 See Nigeria women's national under-20 football team
Total 3/4 14 10 1 3 42 10

Team honours and achievementsEdit

Intercontinental

Continental

Sub-Continental

Other

Awards

Results and fixturesEdit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 30 players were named to the roster for the 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round).[5]

Head coach:   Thomas Dennerby

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Tochukwu Oluehi (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 32)   Rivers Angels
16 1GK Chiamaka Nnadozie (2000-12-08) 8 December 2000 (age 18)   Rivers Angels

2 2DF Chidinma Okeke (2000-08-11) 11 August 2000 (age 19)   Madrid CFF
3 2DF Osinachi Ohale (1991-12-21) 21 December 1991 (age 27)   Tacón
4 2DF Ngozi Ebere (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 28)   Arna-Bjørnar
6 2DF Ugochi Emenayo (1997-12-20) 20 December 1997 (age 21)   Nasarawa Amazons
7 2DF Mariam Ibrahim (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 23)   Nasarawa Amazons
14 2DF Glory Ogbonna (1998-12-25) 25 December 1998 (age 20)   Ibom Angels

5 3MF Regina Otu   Edo Queens F.C.
11 3MF Chinaza Uchendu (1997-12-03) 3 December 1997 (age 21)   SC Braga
12 3MF Folashade Ijamilusi   Robo
13 3MF Ngozi Okobi (1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 25)   Eskilstuna United
15 3MF Rasheedat Ajibade (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 19)   Avaldsnes
18 3MF Ihuoma Onyebuchi   Sunshine Queens F.C.

8 4FW Asisat Oshoala (C) (1994-10-09) 9 October 1994 (age 25)   FC Barcelona
9 4FW Gift Monday   Robo
10 4FW Rofiat Sule   Rivers Angels
17 4FW Francisca Ordega (1993-10-19) 19 October 1993 (age 26)   Shanghai WFC

Recent call-upsEdit

This list may be incomplete.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Christy Ohiaeriaku (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 22)   Delta Queens 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
GK Onyinyechukwu Okeke   Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
GK Alaba Jonathan (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 (age 27)   Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)

DF Tosin Dimeyin   Sunshine Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
DF Blessing Edoho   Ibom Angels 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
DF Margaret Etim   Rivers Angels 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
DF Abidemi Ibe   Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
DF Mary Ologbosere   Rivers Angels 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
DF Opeyemi Sunday   Sunshine Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
DF Joy Duru (1999-12-23) 23 December 1999 (age 19)   Nasarawa Amazons 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
DF Maureen Okpalla   Confluence Queens 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
DF Onome Ebi (1983-05-08) 8 May 1983 (age 36)   Henan Huishang 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
DF Faith Michael (1987-02-28) 28 February 1987 (age 32)   Piteå IF 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
DF Josephine Chukwunonye (1992-03-19) 19 March 1992 (age 27)   Kungsbacka DFF 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup PRE
DF Patricia George Unattached v.   Canada, 8 April 2019
DF Sarah Nnodim (1995-12-25) 25 December 1995 (age 23)   Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations
DF Joy Jegede (1991-12-16) 16 December 1991 (age 27)   Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
DF Juliet Iorliam   Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE

MF Suliat Abideen   Sunshine Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
MF Osarenoma Igbinovia (1996-06-05) 5 June 1996 (age 23)   Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round)PRE
MF Josephine Mathias   Rivers Angels 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
MF Cecilia Nku (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 26)   Rivers Angels 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
MF Amarachi Okoronkwo (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 26)   Nasarawa Amazons 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
MF Peace Efih (2000-08-05) 5 August 2000 (age 19)   Sporting Huelva 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
MF Celine Ottah   Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
MF Adebisi Saheed (2000-07-18) 18 July 2000 (age 19)   Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
MF Evelyn Nwabuoku (1985-11-14) 14 November 1985 (age 33)   Guingamp 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Rita Chikwelu (1988-03-06) 6 March 1988 (age 31)   Kristianstads DFF 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Halimatu Ayinde (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 24)   Eskistuna United 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Ogonna Chukwudi (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 31)   Djurgårdens IF 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Christy Ucheibe (2000-12-25) 25 December 2000 (age 18)   Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Ogechi Ukwuoma (1996-12-25) 25 December 1996 (age 22)   Pelican Stars F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Bashirat Amoo (2002-06-06) 6 June 2002 (age 17)   Confluence Queens 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Goodness Onyebuchi   Sunshine Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Patience Agbokade   Sunshine Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Mary Anjor (2000-06-20) 20 June 2000 (age 19)   Osun Babes 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Charity Adule (1993-11-07) 7 November 1993 (age 25)   Eibar 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE

FW Aloko Abdulkareem   Nasarawa Amazons 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
FW Cynthia Aku (1999-12-31) 31 December 1999 (age 19)   Rivers Angels 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
FW Titilayo Aweda   Confluence Queens 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
FW Tessy Biahwo (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 21)   Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
FW Adejoke Ejalonibu   Nasarawa Amazons 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
FW Alice Ogebe (1995-03-30) 30 March 1995 (age 24)   Rivers Angels 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
FW Lola Phillip   Nasarawa Amazons 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
FW Joy Bokiri (1998-12-29) 29 December 1998 (age 20)   Bayelsa Queens FC 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
FW Joy Jerry   Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
FW Rofiat Imuran   Sunshine Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
FW Nneka Julius   Edo Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
FW Anam Imo (2000-11-30) 30 November 2000 (age 18)   FC Rosengård 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Desire Oparanozie (1993-12-17) 17 December 1993 (age 25)   EA Guingamp 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Uchenna Kanu (1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 (age 22)   Southeastern Fire 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Chinwendu Ihezuo (1997-04-30) 30 April 1997 (age 22)   Henan Huishang 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Ini-Abasi Umotong (1994-05-15) 15 May 1994 (age 25)   Brighton & Hove Albion 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup PRE
FW Courtney Dike (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 25)   Oklahoma City FC v.   Canada, 8 April 2019
FW Toni Payne (1995-04-22) 22 April 1995 (age 24)   Sevilla v.   Canada, 8 April 2019
FW Chioma Wogu (1999-01-28) 28 January 1999 (age 20)   Rivers Angels 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Orji Ebere (1992-12-23) 23 December 1992 (age 26)   Mallbackens IF 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Esther Sunday (1992-03-13) 13 March 1992 (age 27)   Ataşehir Belediyespor 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Uchechi Sunday (1994-09-09) 9 September 1994 (age 25)   Guangdong Meizhou Huijun 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Swede Thomas Dennerby to coach Nigeria's women's team". BBC.com.
  2. ^ "FIFA Women's Century Club" (PDF). FIFA. 25 August 2009.
  3. ^ "AFRICAN LEGEND OF THE WEEK: PERPETUA NKWOCHA". Goal.com. 9 March 2017.
  4. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 27 September 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  5. ^ Dennerby taking no chances, invites Oshoala for Ivory Coast

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