By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Super Falcons are undoubtedly the most successful women football team in Africa. The team have also featured at every edition of Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Women’s World Cup.
The bone of contention still remains the failure of Super Falcons to replicate continental success at the world stage. It is against this background that we seek to examine the ambidextrous (good and bad) records of Super Falcons of Nigeria at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The Good Records
1. Most World Cup appearances
8: Brazil , Germany , Japan ,
Nigeria , Norway , Sweden ,
United States (every tournament)
Super Falcons of Nigeria have made it to all eight (8) FIFA Women’s World Cup since inception in 1991. Nigeria is in the same league with Brazil , Germany , Japan ,
Nigeria , Norway , Sweden, and United States of America after failing to miss out of any FIFA Women’s World Cup.
2. Most 9th-16th-place finishes
6: Nigeria (1991 , 1995, 2003, 2007, 2011,
Super Falcons of Nigeria have also finished 9th-16th place at the world cup for a record 6 times at the 1991, 1995, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2019 World Cup.
3. Youngest player
16 years, 34 days: Ifeanyi Chiejine ( Nigeria ), vs North Korea, 20 June 1999.
Youngest player, final.
With the age of 16 years, 34 days, Late Ifeanyi Chiejine is the youngest player at the tournament. May her soul rest in peace.
4. Youngest captain
19 years, 261 days: Nkiru Okosieme ( Nigeria ), vs Germany , 17 November 1991.
19 years, 261 days, Nkiru Okosieme is the youngest captain at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
5. Highest scoring draw
3–3: Nigeria vs Sweden , 2015;
Argentina vs Scotland, 2019.
Alongside Argentina Vs Scotland 3-3 draw at France 2019 FIFA World Cup, Super Falcons 3-3 draw with Sweden also hold the record for highest scoring draw at the world cup.
6. Youngest team
18 years, 8 months: Nigeria , 1991.
With an average age of 18 years, 8 months, Nigeria team at 1991 World Cup hold the record for the youngest team at the tournament.
The Bad Records
1. Most appearances without ever being champion
8: Brazil , Nigeria , Sweden (every tournament).
Nigeria joined the likes of Brazil and Sweden to have featured the most times at the world cup without winning it. The triokas featured at every world cup.
2. Most appearances without ever finishing in the top two
8: Nigeria (every tournament).
Supper Falcons also has the sole record of most appearances without finishing in top two (2) position.
3. Most appearances without ever finishing in the top four
8: Nigeria (every tournament).
This meant that Nigeria is yet to make it to the semi final of the world cup in spite of her 8th consecutive appearances at the world cup.
4. 8: Nigeria (every tournament).
Most appearances without ever finishing in the top eight.
5. Most losses
Super Falcons of Nigeria have a total number of 19 losses at the world cup and hold the record for most losses at the tournament.
6. Most goals conceded
With a total number of 63 goals conceded, Nigeria also holds the record for the team with the worst defence at the world Cup
7. Lowest goal difference
Falcons have the lowest overall goal difference at the tournament since it’s inception in 1991.
8. Fewest goals conceded, eliminated in the first round
2: Nigeria (2011)
Nigeria conceded two (2) goals at 2011 editions of the tournament and was eliminated at the group stage making them the only side to have conceded lesser goals and ends up not making it to the knock out stage.
9. Lowest average of goals scored per match
0.00: Japan (1991), Nigeria (1991),
Nigeria (2003), New Zealand (2007),
Colombia (2011), North Korea (2011).
10. Most matches lost
10: Florence Omagbemi ( Nigeria , 1991–2003)
Former Super Falcons captain, Florence Omagbemi hold the record for player with highest number of losses as a player at the world cup from 1991 to 2003 after suffering 10 defeats during her appearances.
11. Lowest attendance in a match
250 spectators: Nigeria vs Canada , 8 June 1995,
Olympia Stadion , Helsingborg, Sweden. 250 spectators watch Nigeria match against Canada at Sweden 1995 FIFA Women’s World Cup which is a record for lowest attendance a the tournament.
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