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 coachVacant
CaptainDesire Oparanozie
Most capsMaureen Mmadu (101)[1]
Top scorerPerpetua Nkwocha (80)[2]
FIFA codeNGA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 38 Increase 1 (26 June 2020)[3]
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.

Coaching staffEdit

Position Name Ref.
Head coach   Vacant
Assistant coach  
Assistant coach  
Physical coach  

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

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


No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Tochukwu Oluehi (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 33)   Pozoalbense
16 1GK Chiamaka Nnadozie (2000-12-08) 8 December 2000 (age 19)   Paris

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 28)   A.S. Roma Women
4 2DF Ngozi Ebere (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 29)   Arna-Bjørnar
6 2DF Ugochi Emenayo (1997-12-20) 20 December 1997 (age 22)   Nasarawa Amazons
7 2DF Mariam Ibrahim (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 24)   Nasarawa Amazons
14 2DF Glory Ogbonna (1998-12-25) 25 December 1998 (age 21)   Ibom Angels

5 3MF Regina Otu   Edo Queens F.C.
11 3MF Chinaza Uchendu (1997-12-03) 3 December 1997 (age 22)   SC Braga
12 3MF Folashade Ijamilusi (2001-05-30) 30 May 2001 (age 19)   Robo
13 3MF Ngozi Okobi (1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 26)   Eskilstuna United
15 3MF Rasheedat Ajibade (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 20)   Avaldsnes
18 3MF Ihuoma Onyebuchi (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 (age 22)   Sunshine Queens F.C.

8 4FW Asisat Oshoala (C) (1994-10-09) 9 October 1994 (age 25)   FC Barcelona
9 4FW Gift Monday (2001-12-09) 9 December 2001 (age 18)   Robo
10 4FW Rofiat Sule (2000-08-03) 3 August 2000 (age 20)   Rivers Angels
17 4FW Francisca Ordega (1993-10-19) 19 October 1993 (age 26)   Shanghai WFC

Recent call-upsEdit

This list may be incomplete.

Following players have been called up to a Nigeria squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Christy Ohiaeriaku (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 23)   Delta Queens 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
GK Onyinyechukwu Okeke (1998-08-17) 17 August 1998 (age 21)   Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
GK Alaba Jonathan (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 (age 28)   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 (1992-09-05) 5 September 1992 (age 27)   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 (1999-12-27) 27 December 1999 (age 20)   Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
DF Mary Ologbosere (1999-05-18) 18 May 1999 (age 21)   Rivers Angels 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
DF Opeyemi Sunday (1999-07-12) 12 July 1999 (age 21)   Sunshine Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
DF Joy Duru (1999-12-23) 23 December 1999 (age 20)   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)

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 24)   Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round)PRE
MF Josephine Mathias (1999-12-16) 16 December 1999 (age 20)   Rivers Angels 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
MF Cecilia Nku (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 27)   Rivers Angels 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
MF Amarachi Okoronkwo (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 27)   Nasarawa Amazons 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round) PRE
MF Peace Efih (2000-08-05) 5 August 2000 (age 20)   Zaragoza CFF 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 20)   Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)

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 20)   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 22)   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 25)   KKP Bydgoszcz 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 21)   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)

Player recordsEdit

  • 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

2019Edit

28 August 2019 (2019-08-28) CAF WOQT Second round 1st legAlgeria  0–2  NigeriaMustapha Tchaker Stadium, Blida
19:00 UTC+1
3 September 2019 (2019-09-03) CAF WOQT Second round 2nd legNigeria  1–0  AlgeriaAgege Stadium, Lagos
16:00 UTC+1
3 October 2019 CAF WOQT Third round 1st legIvory Coast  0–0  NigeriaParc des Sports, Treichville
15:30 UTC±0 Referee: Vincentia Amedome (Togo)
7 October 2019 CAF WOQT Third round 2nd legNigeria  1–1  Ivory CoastAgege Stadium, Lagos
16:00 UTC+1
Referee: Juliet Appiah (Ghana)

2020Edit

HonoursEdit

Intercontinental

Continental

  Champions: 1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018

Sub-Continental

Other

Awards

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA Women's World CupEdit

FIFA Women's World Cup record
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 16th 4 1 0 3 2 7
   2023 To be determined
Total 8/9 - 26 4 3 19 20 63

Olympic GamesEdit

Olympic Games record
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
  2020
Total 3/6 9 1 0 8 7 18

Africa Women Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Women Cup of Nations record
Year Round Pld W D L GF 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
  2020
Total 11 Titles 67 54 8 5 214 28

African GamesEdit

African Games record
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
  2015 Fourth place 5 2 0 3 11 7
  2019 See Nigeria women's national under-20 football team
  2023 To be determined
Total 3/4 14 10 1 3 42 10

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIFA Women's Century Club" (PDF). FIFA. 25 August 2009.
  2. ^ "AFRICAN LEGEND OF THE WEEK: PERPETUA NKWOCHA". Goal.com. 9 March 2017.
  3. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola Women's World Ranking". FIFA. 26 June 2020. Retrieved 26 June 2020.

External linksEdit