Nigeria women's national football team

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Nigeria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Super Falcons
Association Nigeria Football Federation
Head coach Edwin Okon
Captain Evelyn Nwabuokn
Most caps Maureen Mmadu (101)[1]
Top scorer Mercy Akide
FIFA ranking 35 Decrease1[2]
Highest FIFA ranking 23 (July 2003)
Lowest FIFA ranking 35 (September 2014)
First colours
Second colours
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)
World Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1991)
Best result Quarterfinals (1999)
African Women's Championship
Appearances 11 (First in 1991)
Best result Winners (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014)

The Nigeria national women's football team, nicknamed the Super Falcons, is the national team of Nigeria and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation. They won the first seven African championships and through 2011 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, it must also be noted in their defense that 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, which performed creditably in Russia 2006 when they beat Finland 8–0 before they were sent packing by Brazil. They were the runner-up to Germany at the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup.Nigeria was qualified to play in the U-20 womens world cup in canada and was defeated by germany in the finals 0-1, Asisat Oshoala got 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.

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup Finals
Year Result Matches Wins Draws Losses GF GA GD
China 1991 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 0 7 -7
Sweden 1995 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 5 14 -9
United States 1999 Quarterfinals 4 2 0 2 8 12 -4
United States 2003 Group Stage 3 0 0 3 0 11 -11
China 2007 Group Stage 3 0 1 2 1 4 -3
Germany 2011 Group Stage 3 1 0 2 1 2 -1
Canada 2015 Qualified - - - - - - -
Total 7/7 19 3 2 14 15 50 -35

Olympics record[edit]

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
Total 3/5 9 1 0 8 7 18

Performance in Africa Women's Championship[edit]

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
Total 9 Titles 57 48 5 4 191 26

Performance in All African Games[edit]

Year Result
Nigeria 2003 Champions
Algeria 2007 Champions
Mozambique 2011 Did not Qualify

Current roster[edit]

Squad named for the 2014 African Women's Championship.

Head coach: Edwin Okon

No. Pos. Player DoB/Age Caps Club
1 1GK Precious Dede (1980-01-18)18 January 1980 (aged 34) Nigeria Ibom Queens
2 3MF Evelyn Nwabuokn (c) (1985-11-14)14 November 1985 (aged 28) Nigeria Rivers Angels
3 2DF Ngozi Ebere (1991-08-05)5 August 1991 (aged 23) Nigeria Rivers Angels
4 4FW Perpetua Nkwocha (1976-01-03)3 January 1976 (aged 38) Sweden Sunnanå SK
5 2DF Onome Ebi (1983-08-05)5 August 1983 (aged 31) Belarus FC Minsk
6 2DF Josephine Chukwunonye (1992-03-19)19 March 1992 (aged 22) Nigeria Rivers Angels
7 4FW Stella Mbachu (1978-04-16)16 April 1978 (aged 36) Nigeria Rivers Angels
8 4FW Asisat Oshoala (1994-10-09)9 October 1994 (aged 20) Nigeria Rivers Angels
9 4FW Desire Oparanozie (1993-12-17)17 December 1993 (aged 20) France En Avant de Guingamp
10 3MF Ayinde Halimatu (1995-05-16)16 May 1995 (aged 19) Nigeria Delta Queens
11 4FW Esther Sunday (1992-03-13)13 March 1992 (aged 22) Belarus FC Minsk
12 2DF Osinachi Ohale (1991-12-21)21 December 1991 (aged 22) United States Houston Dash
13 3MF Cecilia Nku (1992-10-26)26 October 1992 (aged 21) Nigeria Rivers Angels
14 4FW Francisca Ordega (1993-10-19)19 October 1993 (aged 20) Sweden Piteå IF
15 3MF Glory Iroka (1990-01-03)3 January 1990 (aged 24) Nigeria Rivers Angels
16 1GK Ibubeleye White (1992-01-09)9 January 1992 (aged 22) Nigeria Rivers Angels
17 2DF Gloria Ofoegbu (1992-01-03)3 January 1992 (aged 22) Nigeria Rivers Angels
18 3MF Ngozi Okobi (1993-12-14)14 December 1993 (aged 20) Nigeria Delta Queens
19 3MF Onyinyechi Ohadugha (1991-05-05)5 May 1991 (aged 23) Nigeria Rivers Angels
20 2DF Ugo Njoku (1994-11-27)27 November 1994 (aged 19) Nigeria Rivers Angels
21 1GK Christy Ohieriaku (1996-12-13)13 December 1996 (aged 17) Nigeria Oshogbo Queens

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA Women's Century Club". FIFA. 2009-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Nigeria: FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 

External links[edit]

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