Nigeria women's national football team

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Nigeria
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Super Falcons
Association Nigeria Football Federation
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 6 (First in 1991)
Best result Quarterfinals, 1999
African Women's Championship
Appearances 11 (First in 1991)
Best result Won Eight times, Last in 2010

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 boot and golden shoe

The "Flamingoes" are the country’s cadet team (U-17), which qualified for the inaugural women's U-17 World Cup New Zealand 2008.

Suspension (2014–present)[edit]

On 9 July 2014, the FIFA Emergency Committee indefinitely suspended the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). As such, the NFF is banned from taking part in "any regional, continental or international competitions". The verdict is due to a decision by a High Court of Nigeria preventing the NFF president, the NFF Executive Committee members, and the NFF Congress from handling affairs in Nigerian football until the court proceedings have finished. The suspension applies to the Nigeria women's national football team as well. FIFA indicated that "The suspension will be lifted once the court actions have been withdrawn".[3]

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 Quarter-Finals 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 To Be Determined - - - - - - -
Total 6/6 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 Qualified
Total 8 Titles 52 43 5 4 175 23

Current roster[edit]

Squad named for the 2012 African Championship. Source: Squads in the tournament in CAF's website. Note: Caps and goals as of prior the 2011 World Cup.

No. Position Player Age Caps and goals Current club
01 GK Precious Dede 32 (18/01/1980) 70 0(0) Nigeria Bayelsa Queens
16 GK Tochukwu Oluehi 24 (03/06/1988) 400(0) Nigeria Sunshine Queens
21 GK Ebubele Whyte 20 (09/01/1992) Nigeria Rivers Angels
02 DF Evelyn Nwaboku 26 (14/11/1985) Nigeria Rivers Angels
03 DF Ngozi Ebere 21 (05/08/1991) Nigeria Rivers Angels
05 DF Onome Ebi 29 (05/08/1983) 45 0(0) Turkey Atasehir
06 DF Gladys Akpa 26 (01/01/1986) Nigeria Sunshine Queens
12 DF Josephine Chukwunonye 20 (19/03/1992) 10 0(0) Nigeria Rivers Angels
15 DF Joy Jegede 20 (16/12/1991) Nigeria Delta Queens
18 DF Helen Ukaonu 21 (17/05/1991) 11 0(1) Sweden Sunnanå
07 MF Stella Mbachu 34 (16/04/1978) 85 (20) Nigeria Rivers Angels
08 MF Onyinyechi Ohadugha 21 (05/05/1991) Nigeria Rivers Angels
10 MF Rita Chikwelu 24 (06/03/1988) 37 (16) Sweden Umeå
11 MF Glory Iroka 22 (03/01/1990) 08 0(0) Nigeria Rivers Angels
14 MF Esther Sunday 20 (13/03/1992) Nigeria Sunshine Queens
20 MF Ogonna Chukwudi 24 (04/09/1988) 12 0(0) Sweden Umeå
04 FW Perpetua Nkwocha 36 (03/01/1976) 80 (40) Sweden Sunnanå
09 FW Emueje Ogbiagbevha 22 (10/02/1990) Kazakhstan BIIK Kazygurt
13 FW Ngozi Okobi 18 (14/12/1993) Nigeria Delta Queens
17 FW Azizat Oshoala 18 (09/10/1994) Nigeria Rivers Angels
19 FW Ebere Orji 19 (23/12/1992) 13 0(2) Nigeria Rivers Angels

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA Women's Century Club". FIFA. 2009-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Nigeria: FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. Retrieved 2012-12-07. 
  3. ^ "FIFA Emergency Committee suspends Nigeria Football Federation". FIFA. 9 July 2014. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 

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