The Super Falcons of Nigeria are going in for their 8 participation at the Women’s world cup to take place in France from June 7th.
A deep look at the participations of Africa’s finest from their first appearance, to the latest in 2015;
Did you know the Super Falcons had their first participation in the Women’s world cup in 1991 hosted by China? They ended bottom of their group with a goal difference of -7 and no points registered, equally no goals scored;
Chinese Taipei 2-0 Nigeria
Goals scored by Lin and Chou
Germany 4-0 Nigeria
Goals scored by Neid, Mohr brace, and Gottschilich
Italy 1-0 Nigeria
Lone goal scored by Morace
Nigeria’s second participation came in 1995, in the Women’s world cup hosted by Sweden. Nigeria got their first point but had a -9 goal difference. The Falcons conceded their joined highest goals (8) by a single team which was only equaled in 2010 against Germany and recently in 2018 against France-here is a complete inside-out about the second participation;
Norway 8-0 Nigeria
Goals scored by Sandberg (hat-trick), Riise, Aarone’s brace, Madalen and Svensson completed the margin
Nigeria 3-3 Canada
Goals scored for Nigeria: Nigeria’s first goal came through Nwadike, the first ever goal by a Nigerian at the 26th minute, Avre scored the second and Okroroafor scored the third. For Canada, Burtini scored a brace and Donnelly scored for Canada to.
Nigeria 2-3 England
For the first time, team Nigeria produced goal scorers with 2 goals each in a Women’s world cup. Okroroafor and Nwadike took home their second goals for Nigeria while Farley’s brace and a third from Walker gave England a narrow victory as Nigeria ended up bottom of their group for the second time running.
1999 brought about a turning point in Women’s football not only to Nigeria but to the rest of Africa as the Super Falcons made the quarter finals-in the competition hosted by USA;
North Korea 1-2 Nigeria
First game won for Nigeria at the Women’s world cup.
Goal scored for North Korea by Jo, while Akide and Nwadike won Nigeria the game. Nwadike moved up to three goals, the highest scored by any Nigerian or African at the Women’s world cup.
USA 7-1 Nigeria
Nigeria scored the continent’s first own goal in the world cup, the unfortunate lady to be affiliated with that record was Chiejine, she scored the goal at the 19th minute. Hamm latter scored, Milbrett hit brace, Lilly, Akers, and Parlow made it 7-and Okosieme scored for Nigeria.
Nigeria 2-0 Denmark
Akide at the 25th minute and Okosieme at the 81st
Quarter finals 1999
Brazil 4-3 Nigeria
Unfortunately the first golden goal in Women’s football brook the heart of Nigerians. The game was played at the Jack Kent Cooke stadium. USA went 3 up when Chidinha scored a brace and Nene made it 3 before goals from Prisca Emeafu, Nkechi Egbe and Nkiru Okosieme equalised, then, a golden goal by woman of the match, Sissi made it 4 for Brazil.
2003 was the fourth participation for the Super Falcons. The jamboree was once more hosted by the USA and it was their worst participation with a -11 goal difference and for the third in four participations the Falcons ended last in their group;
Nigeria 0-3 North Korea
Goal scorers for North Korea: Jim Pyol brace and Ri Un Gyong
USA 5-0 Nigeria
Hamm scored a brace, Parlow, Wambach and Foudy completed the demolition.
Sweden 3-0 Nigeria
Goals scored by Ljungberg (brace) and Mostrom.
The 2007 edition was hosted in China.
The Falcons were off to China for the second time after they were present in the inaugural Women’s world cup in 1991. This was their 5th world cup participation, they finished last in their group for the fourth time in the event with a -3 goal difference;
Sweden 1-1 Nigeria
Goal scored for Sweden by Svensson, and Uwak scored for Nigeria.
North Korea 2-0 Nigeria
Kim Kyong Hwa and Ri Kum Suk scored on that day for North Korea
Nigeria 0-1 USA
Chalupny with USA’s lone goal
2011 was the 6th participation of the Falcons and it was the first time the Super Falcons finished in the third position in her group in the world cup hosted by Germany;
Nigeria 0-1 France
Delie scored the lone goal for France
Germany 1-0 Nigeria
Laudehr scored for the Germans to hand the hosts 3 points
Canada 0-1 Nigeria
Nkwocha with the winner for the Super Falcons
The most recent event was Nigeria’s 7th in 2015 hosted by Canada.
Desire Oparanozie scored Nigeria’s second own goal in the Women’s world cup in their 3 all tie with Sweden;
Sweden 3-3 Nigeria
Oparanozie’s own goal, Fischer and Sembrent gave Sweden 3 goals while Okobi, Oshoala and Ordega scored for Nigeria.
Australia 2-0 Nigeria
Simon double won Australia the game.
USA 1-0 Nigeria
Wambach scored for the second time against Nigeria after doing it in 2003.
Nigeria qualified for the 8 time after going through Cameroon in the Semi’s and defeating the Banyana Banyana of South Africa to get their 11 continental trophy and a spot in the 2019 Women’s world cup to begin on June 7th.
Nigeria is going to meet Norway for the second time in the World cup this 2019, the first time was in favour of Norway who ran out 8-0 winners back in 1995.
Nigeria have would be meeting with South Korea for the first time in the world cup this 2019.
The other two opponents in Norway and France, Nigeria met them in 1995 and 2011 respectively.
This is going to be only the fourth in eight times that Nigeria has avoided the USA as a group stage opponent.
18 goals have been scored by team Nigeria in the Women’s world cup: the highest number of the 18 coming in 1999-Nwadike contributed the most (3) in that time.
A thumping 56 goals have been conceded by Nigeria, the highest number of those leaked goals coming in 1995 (14) goals.
Two own goals scored by Chiejine in 1999 and Oparanozie in 2015.
Nigeria has ended bottom of her group 5 times in 7 participation. The only times the Falcons succeeded to avoid being at the bottom was in 1999 and 2011.
Nigeria is in group A
Africa looks up to the Falcons to try and at least achieve 1999 heroic quarterfinals status.
Statistics compiled by GIOVANNI WANNEH.