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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), is the national team of Nigeria and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation. They won the first seven African championships and through their first twenty years lost only five games to African competition: December 12, 2002 to Ghana in Warri, June 3, 2007 at Algeria, August 12, 2007 to Ghana in an Olympic qualifier, November 25, 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.

Nigeria
Nickname(s)Super Falcons
AssociationNigeria Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachThomas Dennerby[1]
CaptainOnome Ebi
Most capsMaureen Mmadu (101)[2]
Top scorerPerpetua Nkwocha (80)[3]
FIFA codeNGA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 38 Increase 1 (29 March 2019)[4]
Highest23 (July 2003)
Lowest39 (December 2018)
First international
 Nigeria 5–1 Ghana 
( Nigeria; February 16, 1991)
Biggest win
 Nigeria 15–0 Niger 
(Côte d'Ivoire; May 11,2019)
Biggest defeat
 Norway 8–0 Nigeria 
(Tingvalla IP, Sweden; June 6, 1995)
 Germany 8–0 Nigeria 
(Leverkusen, Germany; November 25, 2010)
 France 8–0 Nigeria 
(Le Mans, France; April 6, 2018)
World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1991)
Best resultQuarterfinals (1999)
Olympic Games
Appearances3 (first in 2000)
Best resultQuarterfinals (2004)
African Women's Championship
Appearances13 (first in 1991)
Best resultWinners (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018)

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.

Contents

Tournament 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 Quarterfinals 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 Qualified
Total 8/8 - 22 3 3 16 18 56

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

Africa Women's ChampionshipEdit

CAF Women's Championship
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1991 Champions 6 6 0 0 20 2
1995 Champions 6 6 0 0 27 2
  1998 Champions 5 5 0 0 28 0
  2000 Champions 5 4 1 0 19 2
  2002 Champions 5 4 0 1 15 2
  2004 Champions 5 4 1 0 18 2
  2006 Champions 5 5 0 0 18 2
  2008 Third place 5 1 3 1 3 3
  2010 Champions 5 5 0 0 19 4
  2012 Fourth place 5 3 0 2 8 4
  2014 Champions 5 5 0 0 16 3
  2016 Champions 5 4 1 0 13 1
  2018 Champions 5 2 2 1 10 1
Total 11 Titles 67 54 8 5 214 28

All African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games
Year Round GP W D L GS 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
Total 3/4 14 10 1 3 42 10

Results and fixturesEdit

2019Edit

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

The following 27 players were named to the preliminary squad for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup.[5]

Head coach:   Thomas Dennerby

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1GK Tochukwu Oluehi (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 32)   Rivers Angels
1GK Alaba Jonathan (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 (age 26)   Bayelsa Queens F.C.
1GK Chiamaka Nnadozie (2000-12-08) 8 December 2000 (age 18)   Rivers Angels
1GK Christy Ohiaeriaku (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 22)   Confluence Queens

2DF Osinachi Ohale (1991-12-21) 21 December 1991 (age 27)   Växjö DFF
2DF Ngozi Ebere (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 27)   Arna-Bjørnar
2DF Onome Ebi (1983-05-08) 8 May 1983 (age 36)   Henan Huishang
2DF Josephine Chukwunonye (1992-03-19) 19 March 1992 (age 27)   Kungsbacka DFF
2DF Faith Michael (1987-02-28) 28 February 1987 (age 32)   Piteå IF
2DF Chidinma Okeke (2000-08-11) 11 August 2000 (age 18)   FC Robo Queens

3MF Cecilia Nku (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 26)   Ferencváros Torna
3MF Rita Chikwelu (1988-03-06) 6 March 1988 (age 31)   Kristianstads DFF
3MF Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 25)   Eskilstuna United DFF
3MF Evelyn Nwabuoku (1985-11-14) 14 November 1985 (age 33)   Rivers Angels
3MF Ogonna Chukwudi (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 30)   Djurgårdens IF
3MF Halimatu Ayinde (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 24)   Eskilstuna United DFF
3MF Amarachi Okoronkwo (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 26)   Nasarawa Amazons

4FW Desire Oparanozie (1993-12-17) 17 December 1993 (age 25)   EA Guingamp
4FW Anam Imo (2000-11-30) 30 November 2000 (age 18)   FC Rosengård
4FW Asisat Oshoala (1994-10-09) 9 October 1994 (age 24)   FC Barcelona
4FW Chinaza Uchendu (1997-12-03) 3 December 1997 (age 21)   SC Braga
4FW Uchenna Kanu (1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 (age 21)   Southeastern Fire
4FW Rasheedat Ajibade (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 19)   Avaldsnes
4FW Francisca Ordega (1993-10-19) 19 October 1993 (age 25)   Shanghai WFC (zh)
4FW Ini-Abasi Umotong (1994-05-15) 15 May 1994 (age 25)   Brighton & Hove Albion
4FW Alice Ogebe   Rivers Angels
4FW Chinwendu Ihezuo (1997-04-30) 30 April 1997 (age 22)   Henan Huishang

Recent call-upsEdit

This list may be incomplete.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Onyinyechukwu Okeke   Edo Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE

DF Patricia George - - Unattached v.   Canada, 8 April 2019
DF Glory Ogbonna (1998-12-25) 25 December 1998 (age 20)   Ibom Angels 2019 Cyprus Women's Cup
DF Ugochi Emenayo (1997-12-20) 20 December 1997 (age 21)   Nasarawa Amazons 2019 Four Nations Tournament
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 Maureen Okpalla   Confluence Queens 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
DF Mariam Ibrahim (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 23)   Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
DF Joy Duru (1999-12-23) 23 December 1999 (age 19)   Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
DF Juliet Iorliam   Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE

MF Osarenoma Igbinovia (1996-06-05) 5 June 1996 (age 22)   Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
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 Peace Efih (2000-08-05) 5 August 2000 (age 18)   Edo Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Bashirat Amoo (2002-06-06) 6 June 2002 (age 16)   Confluence Queens 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Goodness Onyebuchi   Sunshine Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Nneka Julius   Edo 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 18)   Osun Babes 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Charity Adule (1993-11-07) 7 November 1993 (age 25)   BIIK Kazygurt 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations 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 Joy Jerry   Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
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 24)   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. 2009-08-25.
  3. ^ "AFRICAN LEGEND OF THE WEEK: PERPETUA NKWOCHA". Goal.com. 2017-03-09.
  4. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  5. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/Bxam7OAlLaL/

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural Champions
African Women's Champions
1991 (First title)
1995 (Second title)
1998 (Third title)
2000 (Fourth title)
2002 (Fifth title)
2004 (Sixth title)
2006 (Seventh title)
Succeeded by
2008 Equatorial Guinea  
Preceded by
2008 Equatorial Guinea  
African Women's Champions
2010 (Eighth title)
Succeeded by
2012 Equatorial Guinea  
Preceded by
2012 Equatorial Guinea  
African Women's Champions
2014 (Ninth title)
2016 (Tenth title)
2018 (Eleventh title)
Succeeded by
Current Champions