Nigeria women's national football team

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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 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 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.

Tournament record[edit]

World Cup[edit]

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 - 22 3 3 16 18 56

Olympics[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
Brazil 2016 Did Not Qualify
Japan 2020 To be determined
Total 3/6 9 1 0 8 7 18

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
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[edit]

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

Results and fixtures[edit]

2019[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

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

Head coach: Sweden Thomas Dennerby

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

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

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

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

Recent call-ups[edit]

This list may be incomplete.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Onyinyechukwu Okeke Nigeria 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) Nigeria Ibom Angels 2019 Cyprus Women's Cup
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

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

FW Courtney Dike (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 25) United States Oklahoma City FC v.  Canada, 8 April 2019
FW Toni Payne (1995-04-22) 22 April 1995 (age 24) Spain Sevilla v.  Canada, 8 April 2019
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

References[edit]

  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 links[edit]

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