Nigeria women's national football team

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Nigeria
Nickname(s) Super Falcons
Association Nigeria Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Thomas DennerbySweden[1]
Captain Evelyn Nwabuoku
Most caps Maureen Mmadu (101)[2]
Top scorer Perpetua Nkwocha (80)[3]
FIFA code NGA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 38 Decrease 1 (23 March 2018)[4]
Highest 23 (July 2003)
Lowest 38 (September 2015, March 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
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, 2016)

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 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, 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.

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[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
Total 7/7 - 19 3 2 14 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
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
Total 10 Titles 62 52 6 4 204 27

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

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualification against Gambia[5][6]

Number Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Tochukwu Oluehi (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 31) Nigeria Rivers Angels F.C.
16 1GK Alaba Jonathan (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 (age 26) Nigeria Bayelsa Queens F.C.
1GK Christy Ohiaeriaku (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 21) Nigeria Confluence Queens
1GK Chioma Nwankwo (1992-11-09) 9 November 1992 (age 25) Nigeria Nasarawa Amazons
3 2DF Ngozi Ebere (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 27) Cyprus Barcelona FA
2DF Emmanuella Ingenue Nigeria Pelican Stars F.C.
2DF Rebecca Ajiga Nigeria Edo Queens F.C.
2 2DF Faith Ikidi (1987-02-28) 28 February 1987 (age 31) Sweden Piteå IF
3 2DF Osinachi Ohale (1991-12-21) 21 December 1991 (age 26) Sweden Vittsjö GIK
5 2DF Onome Ebi (1983-05-08) 8 May 1983 (age 35) Belarus FC Minsk
2DF Gineka Ikeh Nigeria Bayelsa Queens F.C.
22 2DF Sarah Nnodim (1995-12-25) 25 December 1995 (age 22) Nigeria Nasarawa Amazons
2DF Ugochi Emenayo (1997-12-20) 20 December 1997 (age 20) Nigeria Nasarawa Amazons
6 2DF Joy Jegede (1991-12-16) 16 December 1991 (age 26) Nigeria Bayelsa Queens F.C.
2DF Mariam Ibrahim (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 22) Nigeria Nasarawa Amazons
2DF Maureen Okpalla Nigeria Confluence Queens
3MF Amarachi Okoronkwo (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 25) Nigeria Nasarawa Amazons
4 3MF Osarenoma Igbinovia (1996-06-05) 5 June 1996 (age 22) Nigeria Bayelsa Queens F.C.
3MF Goodness Onyebuchi Nigeria Sunshine Queens F.C.
3MF Patience Agbokade Nigeria Sunshine Queens F.C.
3MF Orjiugo Godson Nigeria Abia Angels F.C.
13 3MF Ngozi Okobi (1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 24) Sweden Vittsjö GIK
20 4FW Uchechi Sunday (1994-09-09) 9 September 1994 (age 24) South Korea Incheon Daeyko
14 3MF Evelyn Nwabuoku (1985-11-14) 14 November 1985 (age 32) Nigeria Rivers Angels F.C.
18 3MF Halimatu Ayinde (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 23) Belarus FC Minsk
3MF Ogechi Ukwuoma (1996-12-25) 25 December 1996 (age 21) Nigeria Pelican Stars F.C.
11 4FW Chinaza Uchendu (1997-12-03) 3 December 1997 (age 20) Nigeria Rivers Angels F.C.
4FW Joy Jerry Nigeria Bayelsa Queens F.C.
4FW Tessy Biahwo (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 20) Nigeria Bayelsa Queens F.C.
19 4FW Ijeoma Obi (1985-04-01) 1 April 1985 (age 33) Nigeria Sunshine Queens F.C.
4FW Zainab Olapade Nigeria Jokodolu Babes F.C.
4FW Glory Oshaghe Nigeria Confluence Queens
4FW Nneka Julius Nigeria Edo Queens F.C.
8 4FW Asisat Oshoala (1994-10-09) 9 October 1994 (age 23) England Arsenal Ladies F.C.
9 4FW Desire Oparanozie (1993-12-17) 17 December 1993 (age 24) France EA Guingamp
17 4FW Francisca Ordega (1993-10-19) 19 October 1993 (age 24) United States Washington Spirit

Recent call-ups[edit]

Squad for the 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations

Number Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Ibubeleye Whyte (1992-01-09) 9 January 1992 (age 26) Nigeria Rivers Angels F.C.
7 3MF Chioma Wogu (1999-01-28) 28 January 1999 (age 19) Nigeria Rivers Angels F.C.
10 3MF Rita Chikwelu (1988-03-06) 6 March 1988 (age 30) Sweden Umeå IK
12 4FW Esther Sunday (1992-03-13) 13 March 1992 (age 26) Turkey Trabzonspor
12 2DF Gladys Akpa (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 32) Nigeria Rivers Angels F.C.
15 2DF Ugo Njoku (1994-11-27) 27 November 1994 (age 23) Nigeria Rivers Angels F.C.
21 1GK Rita Akarekor (2001-02-13) 13 February 2001 (age 17) Nigeria Delta Queens F.C.

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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