Nigeria women's national football team

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Nigeria
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Nickname(s) Super Falcons
Association Nigeria Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation WAFU (West Africa)
Head coach Thomas Dennerby [1]
Captain Desire Oparanozie
Most caps Maureen Mmadu (101) [2]
Top scorer Perpetua Nkwocha (80) [3]
FIFA code NGA
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FIFA ranking
Current 36 Steady2.svg(27 September 2019) [4]
Highest23 (July 2003)
Lowest39 (December 2018)
First international
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 5–1 Ghana  Flag of Ghana.svg
( Nigeria; 16 February 1991)
Biggest win
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 15–0 Niger  Flag of Niger.svg
(Côte d'Ivoire; 11 May 2019)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 8–0 Nigeria  Flag of Nigeria.svg
(Tingvalla IP, Sweden; 6 June 1995)
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 8–0 Nigeria  Flag of Nigeria.svg
(Leverkusen, Germany; 25 November 2010)
Flag of France.svg  France 8–0 Nigeria  Flag of Nigeria.svg
(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.

Nigeria Federal republic in West Africa

Nigeria, officially the Federal Republic of Nigeria, is a country in West Africa, bordering Niger in the north, Chad in the northeast, Cameroon in the east, and Benin in the west. Its coast in the south is located on the Gulf of Guinea in the Atlantic Ocean. The federation comprises 36 states and 1 Federal Capital Territory, where the capital, Abuja, is located. The constitution defines Nigeria as a democratic secular state.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Super Falcons after a training session

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Competitive record

World Cup

World Cup Finals
YearResultPositionPldWDLGFGA
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 1991 Group stage10th300307
Flag of Sweden.svg 1995 Group stage11th3012514
Flag of the United States.svg 1999 Quarter-finals7th4202812
Flag of the United States.svg 2003 Group stage15th3003011
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2007 Group stage13th301214
Flag of Germany.svg 2011 Group stage9th310212
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg 2015 Group stage21st301236
Flag of France.svg 2019 Round of 16410327
Total8/8-2643192063

Olympics

YearResultMatchesWinsDrawsLossesGFGA
Flag of the United States.svg 1996 Did not qualify
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2000 Group stage300339
Flag of Greece.svg 2004 Quarter-finals310234
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg 2008 Group stage300315
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 2012 Did not qualify
Flag of Brazil.svg 2016 Did not qualify
Flag of Japan.svg 2020 To be determined
Total3/69108718

All African Games

Football at the African Games
YearRoundPldWDLGFGA
Flag of Nigeria.svg 2003 Champions5500171
Flag of Algeria.svg 2007 Champions4310142
Flag of Mozambique.svg 2011 Did not qualify000000
Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg 2015 Fourth place5203117
Flag of Morocco.svg 2019 See Nigeria women's national under-20 football team
Total3/41410134210

Team honours and achievements

Intercontinental

Continental

Sub-Continental

Other

Awards

Results and fixtures

2019

Players

Current squad

The following 30 players were named to the roster for the 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (third round). [5]

Head coach: Flag of Sweden.svg Thomas Dennerby

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)Club
1 GK Christy Ohiaeriaku (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 22) Flag of Nigeria.svg Delta Queens
1 GK Onyinyechukwu Okeke Flag of Nigeria.svg Bayelsa Queens F.C.
1 GK Tochukwu Oluehi (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 32) Flag of Nigeria.svg Rivers Angels
1 GK Chiamaka Nnadozie (2000-12-08) 8 December 2000 (age 18) Flag of Nigeria.svg Rivers Angels

2 DF Tosin Dimeyin Flag of Nigeria.svg Sunshine Queens F.C.
2 DF Ngozi Ebere (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 28) Flag of Norway.svg Arna-Bjørnar
2 DF Blessing Edoho Flag of Nigeria.svg Ibom Angels
2 DF Ugochi Emenayo (1997-12-20) 20 December 1997 (age 21) Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons
2 DF Margaret Etim Flag of Nigeria.svg Rivers Angels
2 DF Abidemi Ibe Flag of Nigeria.svg Bayelsa Queens F.C.
2 DF Mariam Ibrahim (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 23) Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons
2 DF Glory Ogbonna (1998-12-25) 25 December 1998 (age 20) Flag of Nigeria.svg Ibom Angels
2 DF Osinachi Ohale (1991-12-21) 21 December 1991 (age 27) Flag of Spain.svg Tacón
2 DF Chidinma Okeke (2000-08-11) 11 August 2000 (age 19) Flag of Spain.svg Madrid CFF
2 DF Mary Ologbosere Flag of Nigeria.svg Rivers Angels
2 DF Opeyemi Sunday Flag of Nigeria.svg Sunshine Queens F.C.

3 MF Suliat Abideen Flag of Nigeria.svg Sunshine Queens F.C.
3 MF Rasheedat Ajibade (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 19) Flag of Norway.svg Avaldsnes
3 MF Osarenoma Igbinovia (1996-06-05) 5 June 1996 (age 23) Flag of Nigeria.svg Bayelsa Queens F.C.
3 MF Folashade Ijamilusi Flag of Nigeria.svg Robo
3 MF Josephine Mathias Flag of Nigeria.svg Rivers Angels
3 MF Cecilia Nku (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 26) Flag of Nigeria.svg Rivers Angels
3 MF Amarachi Okoronkwo (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 26) Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons
3 MF Ihuoma Onyebuchi Flag of Nigeria.svg Sunshine Queens F.C.
3 MF Regina Otu Flag of Nigeria.svg Edo Queens F.C.
3 MF Chinaza Uchendu (1997-12-03) 3 December 1997 (age 21) Flag of Portugal.svg SC Braga

4 FW Aloko Abdulkareem Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons
4 FW Cynthia Aku (1999-12-31) 31 December 1999 (age 19) Flag of Nigeria.svg Rivers Angels
4 FW Titilayo Aweda Flag of Nigeria.svg Confluence Queens
4 FW Tessy Biahwo (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 21) Flag of Nigeria.svg Bayelsa Queens F.C.
4 FW Adejoke Ejalonibu Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons
4 FW Gift Monday Flag of Nigeria.svg Robo
4 FW Alice Ogebe (1995-03-30) 30 March 1995 (age 24) Flag of Nigeria.svg Rivers Angels
4 FW Francisca Ordega (1993-10-19) 19 October 1993 (age 25) Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai WFC
4 FW Asisat Oshoala (1994-10-09) 9 October 1994 (age 25) Flag of Spain.svg FC Barcelona
4 FW Lola Phillip Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons
4 FW Rofiat Sule Flag of Nigeria.svg Rivers Angels

Recent call-ups

This list may be incomplete.

Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Alaba Jonathan (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 (age 27) Flag of Nigeria.svg Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)

DF Joy Duru (1999-12-23) 23 December 1999 (age 19) Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
DF Maureen Okpalla Flag of Nigeria.svg Confluence Queens 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
DF Onome Ebi (1983-05-08) 8 May 1983 (age 36) Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Henan Huishang 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
DF Faith Michael (1987-02-28) 28 February 1987 (age 32) Flag of Sweden.svg Piteå IF 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
DF Josephine Chukwunonye (1992-03-19) 19 March 1992 (age 27) Flag of Sweden.svg Kungsbacka DFF 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup PRE
DF Patricia George Unattachedv. Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada, 8 April 2019
DF Sarah Nnodim (1995-12-25) 25 December 1995 (age 23) Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations
DF Joy Jegede (1991-12-16) 16 December 1991 (age 27) Flag of Nigeria.svg Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
DF Juliet Iorliam Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE

MF Peace Efih (2000-08-05) 5 August 2000 (age 19) Flag of Spain.svg Sporting Huelva 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
MF Celine Ottah Flag of Nigeria.svg Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
MF Adebisi Saheed (2000-07-18) 18 July 2000 (age 19) Flag of Nigeria.svg Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
MF Evelyn Nwabuoku (1985-11-14) 14 November 1985 (age 33) Flag of France.svg Guingamp 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Rita Chikwelu (1988-03-06) 6 March 1988 (age 31) Flag of Sweden.svg Kristianstads DFF 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 25) Flag of Sweden.svg Eskilstuna United 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Halimatu Ayinde (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 24) Flag of Sweden.svg Eskistuna United 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Ogonna Chukwudi (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 31) Flag of Sweden.svg Djurgårdens IF 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
MF Christy Ucheibe (2000-12-25) 25 December 2000 (age 18) Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Ogechi Ukwuoma (1996-12-25) 25 December 1996 (age 22) Flag of Nigeria.svg Pelican Stars F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Bashirat Amoo (2002-06-06) 6 June 2002 (age 17) Flag of Nigeria.svg Confluence Queens 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Goodness Onyebuchi Flag of Nigeria.svg Sunshine Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Patience Agbokade Flag of Nigeria.svg Sunshine Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Mary Anjor (2000-06-20) 20 June 2000 (age 19) Flag of Nigeria.svg Osun Babes 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Charity Adule (1993-11-07) 7 November 1993 (age 25) Flag of Spain.svg Eibar 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE

FW Joy Bokiri (1998-12-29) 29 December 1998 (age 20) Flag of Nigeria.svg Bayelsa Queens FC 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
FW Joy Jerry Flag of Nigeria.svg Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
FW Rofiat Imuran Flag of Nigeria.svg Sunshine Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
FW Nneka Julius Flag of Nigeria.svg Edo Queens F.C. 2020 CAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (second round)
FW Anam Imo (2000-11-30) 30 November 2000 (age 18) Flag of Sweden.svg FC Rosengård 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Desire Oparanozie (c) (1993-12-17) 17 December 1993 (age 25) Flag of France.svg EA Guingamp 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Uchenna Kanu (1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 (age 22) Flag of the United States.svg Southeastern Fire 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Chinwendu Ihezuo (1997-04-30) 30 April 1997 (age 22) Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Henan Huishang 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup
FW Ini-Abasi Umotong (1994-05-15) 15 May 1994 (age 25) Flag of England.svg Brighton & Hove Albion 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup PRE
FW Courtney Dike (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 25) Flag of the United States.svg Oklahoma City FC v. Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada, 8 April 2019
FW Toni Payne (1995-04-22) 22 April 1995 (age 24) Flag of Spain.svg Sevilla v. Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada, 8 April 2019
FW Chioma Wogu (1999-01-28) 28 January 1999 (age 20) Flag of Nigeria.svg Rivers Angels 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Orji Ebere (1992-12-23) 23 December 1992 (age 26) Flag of Sweden.svg Mallbackens IF 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Esther Sunday (1992-03-13) 13 March 1992 (age 27) Flag of Turkey.svg Ataşehir Belediyespor 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Uchechi Sunday (1994-09-09) 9 September 1994 (age 25) Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangdong Meizhou Huijun 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE

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