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Nigeria women's national football team

Nigeria
Nickname(s)Super Falcons
AssociationNigeria Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationWAFU (West Africa)
Head coachThomas DennerbySweden[1]
CaptainOnome Ebi
Most capsMaureen Mmadu (101)[2]
Top scorerPerpetua Nkwocha (80)[3]
FIFA codeNGA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 39 Decrease 1 (7 December 2018)[4]
Highest23 (July 2003)
Lowest39 (December 2018)
First international
 Nigeria 5–1 Ghana 
( Nigeria; February 16, 1991)
Biggest win
 Nigeria 9–0 Sierra Leone 
(Nigeria; November 6, 1994)
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)
African Women's Championship
Appearances11 (first in 1991)
Best resultWinners (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018)

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.

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

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.

Tournament record

World Cup

World Cup Finals
Year Result Position Pld W D L GF GA
China 1991 Group Stage 10th 3 0 0 3 0 7
Sweden 1995 Group Stage 11th 3 0 1 2 5 14
United States 1999 Quarterfinals 7th 4 2 0 2 8 12
United States 2003 Group Stage 15th 3 0 0 3 0 11
China 2007 Group Stage 13th 3 0 1 2 1 4
Germany 2011 Group Stage 9th 3 1 0 2 1 2
Canada 2015 Group Stage 21st 3 0 1 2 3 6
France 2019 Qualified
Total 8/8 - 19 3 2 14 18 56

Olympics

Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA
United States 1996 Did Not Qualify
Australia 2000 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 3 9
Greece 2004 Quarter-Finals 3 1 0 2 3 4
China 2008 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 1 5
United Kingdom 2012 Did Not Qualify
Brazil 2016 Did Not Qualify
Japan 2020 To be determined
Total 3/6 9 1 0 8 7 18

Africa Women's Championship

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
Nigeria 1998 Champions 5 5 0 0 28 0
South Africa 2000 Champions 5 4 1 0 19 2
Nigeria 2002 Champions 5 4 0 1 15 2
South Africa 2004 Champions 5 4 1 0 18 2
Nigeria 2006 Champions 5 5 0 0 18 2
Equatorial Guinea 2008 Third place 5 1 3 1 3 3
South Africa 2010 Champions 5 5 0 0 19 4
Equatorial Guinea 2012 Fourth place 5 3 0 2 8 4
Namibia 2014 Champions 5 5 0 0 16 3
Cameroon 2016 Champions 5 4 1 0 13 1
Cameroon 2018 Champions 5 2 2 1 10 1
Total 11 Titles 67 54 8 5 214 28

All African Games

Football at the African Games
Year Round GP W D L GS GA
Nigeria 2003 Champions 5 5 0 0 17 1
Algeria 2007 Champions 4 3 1 0 14 2
Mozambique 2011 Did not Qualify 0 0 0 0 0 0
Republic of the Congo 2015 Fourth place 5 2 0 3 11 7
Total 3/4 14 10 1 3 42 10

Players

Current squad

Squad for the 2019 Cyprus Women's Cup[5]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Tochukwu Oluehi (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 31) Nigeria Rivers Angels
16 1GK Chiamaka Nnadozie (2000-12-08) 8 December 2000 (age 18) Nigeria Rivers Angels
21 1GK Christy Ohiaeriaku (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 22) Nigeria Delta Queens

2 2DF Glory Ogbonna (1998-12-25) 25 December 1998 (age 20) Nigeria Ibom Angels
3 2DF Osinachi Ohale (1991-12-21) 21 December 1991 (age 27) Sweden Växjö DFF
4 2DF Ngozi Ebere (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 27) Norway Arna-Bjørnar
5 2DF Onome Ebi (1983-05-08) 8 May 1983 (age 35) China Henan Huishang
6 2DF Josephine Chukwunonye (1992-03-19) 19 March 1992 (age 27) Sweden Asarums IF
14 2DF Faith Ikidi (1987-02-28) 28 February 1987 (age 32) Sweden Piteå IF

10 3MF Rita Chikwelu (1988-03-06) 6 March 1988 (age 31) Sweden Kristianstads DFF
12 3MF Amarachi Okoronkwo (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 26) Nigeria Nasarawa Amazons
13 3MF Ngozi Okobi (1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 25) Sweden Eskilstuna United DFF
18 3MF Halimatu Ayinde (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 23) Sweden Eskilstuna United DFF
23 3MF Cecilia Nku (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 26) Nigeria Rivers Angels

7 4FW Anam Imo (2000-11-30) 30 November 2000 (age 18) Nigeria Nasarawa Amazons
8 4FW Asisat Oshoala (1994-10-09) 9 October 1994 (age 24) Spain Barcelona
9 4FW Desire Oparanozie (1993-12-17) 17 December 1993 (age 25) France EA Guingamp
11 4FW Chinaza Uchendu (1997-12-03) 3 December 1997 (age 21) Portugal Braga
15 4FW Rasheedat Ajibade (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 19) Norway Avaldsnes
17 4FW Francisca Ordega (1993-10-19) 19 October 1993 (age 25) China Shanghai WFC (zh)
19 4FW Chinwendu Ihezuo (1997-04-30) 30 April 1997 (age 21) Kazakhstan BIIK Kazygurt
20 4FW Iniabasi Umotong (1994-05-15) 15 May 1994 (age 24) England Brighton & Hove Albion
22 4FW Alice Ogebe Nigeria Rivers Angels
4FW Uchenna Kanu (1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 (age 21) United States Southeastern Fire

Recent call-ups

[6][7]

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Alaba Jonathan (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 (age 26) Nigeria Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
GK Onyinyechukwu Okeke Nigeria Edo Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
GK Chioma Nwankwo (1992-11-09) 9 November 1992 (age 26) Nigeria Nasarawa Amazons

DF Ugochi Emenayo (1997-12-20) 20 December 1997 (age 21) Nigeria Nasarawa Amazons 2019 Four Nations Tournament
DF Sarah Nnodim (1995-12-25) 25 December 1995 (age 23) Nigeria Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations
DF Joy Jegede (1991-12-16) 16 December 1991 (age 27) Nigeria Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
DF Maureen Okpalla Nigeria Confluence Queens 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
DF Mariam Ibrahim (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 23) Nigeria Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
DF Joy Duru (1999-12-23) 23 December 1999 (age 19) Nigeria Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
DF Juliet Iorliam Nigeria Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
DF Emmanuella Ingenue Nigeria Pelican Stars F.C.
DF Rebecca Ajiga Nigeria Edo Queens F.C.
DF Gineka Ikeh Nigeria Bayelsa Queens F.C.

MF Osarenoma Igbinovia (1996-06-05) 5 June 1996 (age 22) Nigeria Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Christy Ucheibe (2000-12-25) 25 December 2000 (age 18) Nigeria Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Ogechi Ukwuoma (1996-12-25) 25 December 1996 (age 22) Nigeria Pelican Stars F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Peace Efih (2000-08-05) 5 August 2000 (age 18) Nigeria Edo Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Bashirat Amoo (2002-06-06) 6 June 2002 (age 16) Nigeria Confluence Queens 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Goodness Onyebuchi Nigeria Sunshine Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Nneka Julius Nigeria Edo Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Patience Agbokade Nigeria Sunshine Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Mary Anjor (2000-06-20) 20 June 2000 (age 18) Nigeria Osun Babes 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Charity Adule (1993-11-07) 7 November 1993 (age 25) Kazakhstan BIIK Kazygurt 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Ogonna Chukwudi (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 30) Sweden Kristianstads DFF 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Orjiugo Godson Nigeria Abia Angels F.C.
MF Evelyn Nwabuoku (1985-11-14) 14 November 1985 (age 33) Nigeria Rivers Angels

FW Chidinma Okeke (2000-08-11) 11 August 2000 (age 18) Nigeria FC Robo Queens 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Joy Jerry Nigeria Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Chioma Wogu (1999-01-28) 28 January 1999 (age 20) Nigeria Rivers Angels 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Orji Ebere (1992-12-23) 23 December 1992 (age 26) Sweden Mallbackens IF 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Esther Sunday (1992-03-13) 13 March 1992 (age 27) Turkey Ataşehir Belediyespor 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Uchechi Sunday (1994-09-09) 9 September 1994 (age 24) China Guangdong Meizhou Huijun 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Courtney Dike (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 25) United States Oklahoma City FC 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Tessy Biahwo (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 21) Nigeria Bayelsa Queens F.C.
FW Ijeoma Obi (1985-04-01) 1 April 1985 (age 33) Nigeria Sunshine Queens F.C.
FW Zainab Olapade Nigeria Jokodolu Babes F.C.
FW Glory Oshaghe Nigeria Confluence Queens

References

  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. 7 December 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  5. ^ Tosin Abayomi (February 23, 2019). "Super Falcons coach Dennerby names Oshoala, Oparanozie, 22 others for Cyprus Women's Cup". Pulse Nigeria. Retrieved March 9, 2019.
  6. ^ [www.pulse.ng]
  7. ^ [www.goal.com]

External links

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