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 Dennerby Flag of Sweden.svg [1]
Captain Onome Ebi
Most caps Maureen Mmadu (101) [2]
Top scorer Perpetua Nkwocha (80) [3]
FIFA code NGA
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FIFA ranking
Current 39 Decrease2.svg 1 (7 December 2018) [4]
Highest23 (July 2003)
Lowest39 (December 2018)
First international
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 5–1 Ghana  Flag of Ghana.svg
( Nigeria; February 16, 1991)
Biggest win
Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 9–0 Sierra Leone  Flag of Sierra Leone.svg
(Nigeria; November 6, 1994)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 8–0 Nigeria  Flag of Nigeria.svg
(Tingvalla IP, Sweden; June 6, 1995)
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 8–0 Nigeria  Flag of Nigeria.svg
(Leverkusen, Germany; November 25, 2010)
Flag of France.svg  France 8–0 Nigeria  Flag of Nigeria.svg
(Le Mans, France; April 6, 2018)
World Cup
Appearances8 (first in 1991 )
Best resultQuarterfinals (1999)
African Women's Championship
Appearances11 (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.

Nigeria Federal republic in West Africa

The Federal Republic of Nigeria, commonly referred to as Nigeria, is a federal republic 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. Nigeria is officially a democratic secular country.

Nigeria Football Federation sports governing body

The Nigeria Football Federation is Nigeria's football governing body. It was formally launched in 1945 and formed the first Nigerian national football team in 1949. It joined CAF in 1959 and FIFA in 1960. The NFF headquarters is located in the city of Abuja.

Warri City in Delta State, Nigeria

The city of Warri is an oil hub in South-South Nigeria and houses an annex of the Delta State Government House. It served as the colonial capital of the then Warri Province. It shares boundaries with Ughelli/Agbarho, Sapele, Okpe, Udu and Uvwie although most of these places, notably Udu, Okpe and Uvwie, have been integrated to the larger cosmopolitan Warri. Osubi houses an airport that serves the city. Effurun serves as the gateway to and the economic nerve of the city.

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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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2003 FIFA Womens World Cup 2003 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

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2007 FIFA Womens World Cup 2007 edition of the FIFA Womens World Cup

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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.

Gabon country in Africa

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Ghana womens national football team womens national association football team representing Ghana

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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.

Nigeria womens national under-20 football team national association football team

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Russia transcontinental country in Eastern Europe and Northern Asia

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Finland womens national football team womens national association football team representing Finland

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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 women's national under-17 football team represents Nigeria in international youth football competitions.

2008 FIFA U-17 Womens World Cup

The 2008 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup is the first ever women's football U-17 World Cup in FIFA history. It was held in New Zealand from 28 October to 16 November 2008. It is the officially recognized world championship for women's under-17 national football teams. This was the first women's world youth championship organized by FIFA with the age limit of 17.

Tournament 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 Quarterfinals7th4202812
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 Qualified
Total8/8-1932141856

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

Africa Women's Championship

CAF Women's Championship
YearRoundGPWDLGSGA
1991 Champions6600202
1995 Champions6600272
Flag of Nigeria.svg 1998 Champions5500280
Flag of South Africa.svg 2000 Champions5410192
Flag of Nigeria.svg 2002 Champions5401152
Flag of South Africa.svg 2004 Champions5410182
Flag of Nigeria.svg 2006 Champions5500182
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg 2008 Third place513133
Flag of South Africa.svg 2010 Champions5500194
Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg 2012 Fourth place530284
Flag of Namibia.svg 2014 Champions5500163
Flag of Cameroon.svg 2016 Champions5410131
Flag of Cameroon.svg 2018 Champions5221101
Total11 Titles67548521428

All African Games

Football at the African Games
YearRoundGPWDLGSGA
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
Total3/41410134210

Players

Current squad

Squad for the 2019 Cyprus Women's Cup [5]

No.Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)Club
11 GK Tochukwu Oluehi (1987-05-02) 2 May 1987 (age 31) Flag of Nigeria.svg Rivers Angels
161 GK Chiamaka Nnadozie (2000-12-08) 8 December 2000 (age 18) Flag of Nigeria.svg Rivers Angels
211 GK Christy Ohiaeriaku (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 22) Flag of Nigeria.svg Delta Queens

22 DF Glory Ogbonna (1998-12-25) 25 December 1998 (age 20) Flag of Nigeria.svg Ibom Angels
32 DF Osinachi Ohale (1991-12-21) 21 December 1991 (age 27) Flag of Sweden.svg Växjö DFF
42 DF Ngozi Ebere (1991-08-05) 5 August 1991 (age 27) Flag of Norway.svg Arna-Bjørnar
52 DF Onome Ebi (1983-05-08) 8 May 1983 (age 35) Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Henan Huishang
62 DF Josephine Chukwunonye (1992-03-19) 19 March 1992 (age 26) Flag of Sweden.svg Asarums IF
142 DF Faith Ikidi (1987-02-28) 28 February 1987 (age 32) Flag of Sweden.svg Piteå IF

103 MF Rita Chikwelu (1988-03-06) 6 March 1988 (age 31) Flag of Sweden.svg Kristianstads DFF
123 MF Amarachi Okoronkwo (1992-12-12) 12 December 1992 (age 26) Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons
133 MF Ngozi Okobi (1993-12-14) 14 December 1993 (age 25) Flag of Sweden.svg Eskilstuna United DFF
183 MF Halimatu Ayinde (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 23) Flag of Sweden.svg Eskilstuna United DFF
233 MF Cecilia Nku (1992-10-26) 26 October 1992 (age 26) Flag of Nigeria.svg Rivers Angels

74 FW Anam Imo (2000-11-30) 30 November 2000 (age 18) Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons
84 FW Asisat Oshoala (1994-10-09) 9 October 1994 (age 24) Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
94 FW Desire Oparanozie (1993-12-17) 17 December 1993 (age 25) Flag of France.svg EA Guingamp
114 FW Chinaza Uchendu (1997-12-03) 3 December 1997 (age 21) Flag of Portugal.svg Braga
154 FW Rasheedat Ajibade (1999-12-08) 8 December 1999 (age 19) Flag of Norway.svg Avaldsnes
174 FW Francisca Ordega (1993-10-19) 19 October 1993 (age 25) Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Shanghai WFC (zh)
194 FW Chinwendu Ihezuo (1997-04-30) 30 April 1997 (age 21) Flag of Kazakhstan.svg BIIK Kazygurt
204 FW Iniabasi Umotong (1994-05-15) 15 May 1994 (age 24) Flag of England.svg Brighton & Hove Albion
224 FW Alice Ogebe Flag of Nigeria.svg Rivers Angels
4 FW Uchenna Kanu (1997-06-20) 20 June 1997 (age 21) Flag of the United States.svg Southeastern Fire

Recent call-ups

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Pos.PlayerDate of birth (age)CapsGoalsClubLatest call-up
GK Alaba Jonathan (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 (age 26) Flag of Nigeria.svg Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
GK Onyinyechukwu Okeke Flag of Nigeria.svg Edo Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
GK Chioma Nwankwo (1992-11-09) 9 November 1992 (age 26) Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons

DF Ugochi Emenayo (1997-12-20) 20 December 1997 (age 21) Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons 2019 Four Nations Tournament
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 Maureen Okpalla Flag of Nigeria.svg Confluence Queens 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
DF Mariam Ibrahim (1995-12-12) 12 December 1995 (age 23) Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
DF Joy Duru (1999-12-23) 23 December 1999 (age 19) Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
DF Juliet Iorliam Flag of Nigeria.svg Nasarawa Amazons 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
DF Emmanuella Ingenue Flag of Nigeria.svg Pelican Stars F.C.
DF Rebecca Ajiga Flag of Nigeria.svg Edo Queens F.C.
DF Gineka Ikeh Flag of Nigeria.svg Bayelsa Queens F.C.

MF Osarenoma Igbinovia (1996-06-05) 5 June 1996 (age 22) Flag of Nigeria.svg Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
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 Peace Efih (2000-08-05) 5 August 2000 (age 18) Flag of Nigeria.svg Edo Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Bashirat Amoo (2002-06-06) 6 June 2002 (age 16) 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 Nneka Julius Flag of Nigeria.svg Edo 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 18) 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 Kazakhstan.svg BIIK Kazygurt 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Ogonna Chukwudi (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 30) Flag of Sweden.svg Kristianstads DFF 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
MF Orjiugo Godson Flag of Nigeria.svg Abia Angels F.C.
MF Evelyn Nwabuoku (1985-11-14) 14 November 1985 (age 33) Flag of Nigeria.svg Rivers Angels

FW Chidinma Okeke (2000-08-11) 11 August 2000 (age 18) Flag of Nigeria.svg FC Robo Queens 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Joy Jerry Flag of Nigeria.svg Bayelsa Queens F.C. 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
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 24) Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Guangdong Meizhou Huijun 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Courtney Dike (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 25) Flag of the United States.svg Oklahoma City FC 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations PRE
FW Tessy Biahwo (1997-11-15) 15 November 1997 (age 21) Flag of Nigeria.svg Bayelsa Queens F.C.
FW Ijeoma Obi (1985-04-01) 1 April 1985 (age 33) Flag of Nigeria.svg Sunshine Queens F.C.
FW Zainab Olapade Flag of Nigeria.svg Jokodolu Babes F.C.
FW Glory Oshaghe Flag of Nigeria.svg Confluence Queens

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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  Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg
Preceded by
2008 Equatorial Guinea  Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg
African Women's Champions
2010 (Eighth title)
Succeeded by
2012 Equatorial Guinea  Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg
Preceded by
2012 Equatorial Guinea  Flag of Equatorial Guinea.svg
African Women's Champions
2014 (Ninth title)
2016 (Tenth title)
2018 (Eleventh title)
Succeeded by
Current Champions