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Nigeria Women's National Football Team

Nigeria
Nickname(s)Super Falcons
AssociationNigeria Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
WAFU (West Africa)
Head coachRandy Waldrum[1][2]
CaptainAsisat Oshoala
Most capsMaureen Mmadu (101)[3][dead link]
Top scorerPerpetua Nkwocha (80)[4]
FIFA codeNGA
FIFA ranking
Current 38 Increase 1 (26 June 2020)[5]
Highest23 (July 2003)
Lowest39 (December 2018)
First international
 Nigeria 5-1 Ghana 
(Nigeria; 16 February 1991)
Biggest win
 Nigeria 15-0 Niger 
(Côte d'Ivoire; 11 May 2019)
Biggest defeat
 Norway 8-0 Nigeria 
(Tingvalla IP, Sweden; 6 June 1995)
 Germany 8-0 Nigeria 
(Leverkusen, Germany; 25 November 2010)
 France 8-0 Nigeria 
(Le Mans, France; 6 April 2018)
World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1991)
Best resultQuarter-finals (1999)
Football at the Summer Olympics
Appearances3 (first in 2000)
Best resultQuarter-finals (2004)
Africa Women Cup of Nations
Appearances13 (first in 1991)
Best resultChampions (1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018)
WAFU Zone B Women's Cup
Appearances2 (first in 2018)
Best resultChampions (2019)

The Nigeria national women's football team, nicknamed the Super Falcons (parallel to the men's Super Eagles epithet), represents Nigeria in international women's football and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation. The team is by far Africa's most successful international women's football team winning a record eleven Africa Women Cup of Nations titles, with their most recent title in 2018, after defeating South Africa in the final. The team is also the only women's national team from the Confederation of African Football to have reached the quarterfinals in both the FIFA Women's World Cup and Football at the Summer Olympics.

They are also one of the few teams in the world to have qualified for every edition of the FIFA Women's World Cup, with their best performance at the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup where they reached the quarterfinals.

History

They won the first seven African championships and through their first twenty years lost only five games to African competition: 12 December 2002 to Ghana in Warri, 3 June 2007 at Algeria, 12 August 2007 to Ghana in an Olympic qualifier, 25 November 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. Nigeria qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup where they were placed in Group A with South Korea, Norway and hosts France.

Team image

Nicknames

The Nigeria women's national football team has been known or nicknamed as the "Super Falcons".

Home stadium

Rivalries

Coaching staff

Current Coaching staff

As of November 2020

Position Name Ref.
Head coach Randy Waldrum [6][7]
Assistant coach Ann Chiejine
Assistant coach Wemimo Mathew Olanrewaju
Goalkeeping coach Auwar Bashir Makwalla

Players

Current squad

  • Caps and goals accurate up to and including date month year.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Club
1 1GK Tochukwu Oluehi (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 33) Spain Pozoalbense
16 1GK Chiamaka Nnadozie (2000-12-08) 8 December 2000 (age 19) France Paris

2 2DF Chidinma Okeke (2000-08-11) 11 August 2000 (age 20) Spain Madrid CFF
3 2DF Osinachi Ohale (1991-12-21) 21 December 1991 (age 28) Italy A.S. Roma Women
4 2DF Ngozi Ebere (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 29) Norway Arna-Bjørnar
6 2DF Ugochi Emenayo (1997-12-20) 20 December 1997 (age 22) Nigeria Nasarawa Amazons
7 2DF Mariam Ibrahim (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 24) Nigeria Nasarawa Amazons
14 2DF Glory Ogbonna (1998-12-25) 25 December 1998 (age 21) Nigeria Ibom Angels

5 3MF Regina Otu Nigeria Edo Queens F.C.
11 3MF Chinaza Uchendu (1997-12-03) 3 December 1997 (age 22) Sweden Linköpings
12 3MF Folashade Ijamilusi (2001-05-30) 30 May 2001 (age 19) Nigeria Robo
13 3MF Ngozi Okobi (1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 26) Sweden Eskilstuna United
15 3MF Rasheedat Ajibade (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 20) Norway Avaldsnes
18 3MF Ihuoma Onyebuchi (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 (age 22) Nigeria Sunshine Queens F.C.

8 4FW Asisat Oshoala (C) (1994-10-09) 9 October 1994 (age 26) Spain FC Barcelona
9 4FW Gift Monday (2001-12-09) 9 December 2001 (age 18) Nigeria Robo
10 4FW Rofiat Sule (2000-08-03) 3 August 2000 (age 20) Italy A.S.D. Pink Sport Time
17 4FW Francisca Ordega (1993-10-19) 19 October 1993 (age 27) China Shanghai WFC

Recent call-ups

  • Following players have been called up to the Nigeria squad in the past 12 months.
Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up



Notable players

Captains

Previous squads

Records

Individual records

  • Active players in bold, statistics as of November 2020.

Manager history

Name Start date End date Notes Ref
Jo Bonfrere managed Nigeria at 1991 FIFA Women's World Cup, concurrently with the men's national team of Nigeria.[9]
Paul Hamilton regarded as the first coach of the women national team; managed Nigeria at 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup[10][11]
Ismaila Mabo managed Nigeria to quarter finals at 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup, thus regarded as the most successful coach[12][13]; led Nigeria to 2000 Olympics and 2004 Olympics
Samuel Okpodu 2002 managed Nigeria at 2003 FIFA Women's World Cup
Godwin Izilien managed Nigeria to win 2004 African Women's Championship[14]
Ntiero Effiom managed Nigeria at 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup; led Nigeria to win 2003 All-Africa Games[15]
Joseph Ladipo managed Nigeria at 2008 Olympics; led Nigeria to win 2007 All-Africa Games[16]; managed Nigeria to third place finish at 2008 African Women's Championship[17][18]
Uche Eucharia October 2011 managed Nigeria to win 2010 African Women's Championship; managed Nigeria at 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup [19]
Kadiri Ikhana April 2012 November 2012 led Nigeria to fourth place at 2012 African Women's Championship [20]
Edwin Okon June 2015 managed Nigeria to win 2014 African Women's Championship; managed Nigeria at 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup [21]
Christopher Danjuma September 2015 led Nigeria to fourth place at 2015 All-Africa Games [22]
Florence Omagbemi February 2016 December 2016 led Nigeria to win 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations [23][24]
Thomas Dennerby January 2018 October 2019 led Nigeria to win at 2019 WAFU Zone B Women's Cup [25][26][27]
Randy Waldrum 2020 [28][29]

Results and fixtures

  • The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.

  Win   Draw   Lose   Fixtures

Honours

Intercontinental

Continental

Med 1.png Champions: 1991, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018

Regional

Other

Awards

Competitive record

FIFA Women's World Cup

FIFA Women's World Cup finals record
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 Quarter-finals 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 Round of 16 16th 4 1 0 3 2 7
AustraliaNew Zealand 2023 To be determined
Total 8/9 - 26 4 3 19 20 63
FIFA Women's World Cup finals history
Year Round Date Opponent Result Stadium
China 1991 Group stage 17 November  Germany L 0-4 Jiangmen Stadium, Jiangmen
19 November  Italy L 0-1 Zhongshan Stadium, Zhongshan
21 November  Chinese Taipei L 0-2 Jiangmen Stadium, Jiangmen
Sweden 1995 Group stage 6 June  Norway L 0-8 Tingvallen, Karlstad
8 June  Canada D 3-3 Olympia Stadion, Helsingborg
10 June  England L 2-3 Tingvallen, Karlstad
United States 1999 Group stage 20 June  North Korea W 2-1 Rose Bowl, Pasadena
24 June  United States L 1-7 Soldier Field, Chicago
27 June  Denmark W 2-0 Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, Landover
1 July  Brazil L 3-4
United States 2003 Group stage 20 September  North Korea L 0-3 Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
25 September  United States L 0-5
28 September  Sweden L 0-3 Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus
China 2007 Group stage 11 September  Sweden D 1-1 Chengdu Sports Center, Chengdu
14 September  North Korea L 0-2
18 September  United States L 0-1 Hongkou Stadium, Shanghai
Germany 2011 Group stage 26 June  France L 0-1 Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim
30 June  Germany L 0-1 Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt
5 July  Canada W 1-0 Rudolf-Harbig-Stadion, Dresden
Canada 2015 Group stage 8 June  Sweden D 3-3 Winnipeg Stadium, Winnipeg
12 June  Australia L 0-2
16 June  United States L 0-1 BC Place, Vancouver
France 2019 Group stage 8 June  Norway L 0-3 Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims
12 June  South Korea W 2-0 Stade des Alpes, Grenoble
17 June  France L 0-1 Roazhon Park, Rennes
Round of 16 22 June  Germany L 0-3 Stade des Alpes, Grenoble

Olympic Games

Olympic Games finals record
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
Japan 2020
Total 3/6 9 1 0 8 7 18

Africa Women Cup of Nations

Africa Women Cup of Nations finals record
Year Round Pld W D L GF 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
Ghana 2018 Champions 5 2 2 1 10 1
2022
Total 11 Titles 67 54 8 5 214 28

African Games

African Games finals record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Nigeria 2003 Champions 5 5 0 0 17 1
Algeria 2007 Champions 4 3 1 0 14 2
Mozambique 2011 Did not qualify
Republic of the Congo 2015 Fourth place 5 2 0 3 11 7
Morocco 2019 See Nigeria women's national under-20 football team
Republic of the Congo 2023 To be determined
Total 3/4 14 10 1 3 42 10

See also

Notes

References

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