By Alexander Johnson Adejoh
The Super Falcons, Nigeria’s National Women’s Football Team, represent their country on the international stage and are under the jurisdiction of the Nigeria Football Federation. This team has achieved tremendous success, making them the most successful women’s football team in Africa, with an impressive eleven Women’s Africa Cup of Nations titles.
Their consistent performance has caught the attention of many sports enthusiasts, who have turned to sports betting to support the Super Falcons and earn a profit. Without further ado, here are five facts you should know about the Super Falcons.
The Baller’s Home
Asisat Oshoala, a forward for both Nigeria and Barcelona, holds a remarkable achievement as the first footballer in the world to have been named the BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year. Her incredible skills on the field and numerous accolades have made her a beloved figure among football fans, and her historic achievement has only added to her already impressive legacy.
Oshoala boasts an impressive list of accolades highlighting her incredible talent and achievements in football. Her accomplishments include three AWCON titles, one English FA Women’s Cup, one Chinese Women’s Super League shield, one Women’s Champions League, Two La Liga Titles, and three CAF Best Player Awards. She received the inaugural BBC Women’s Footballer of the Year award, the African Women’s Youth Player of the Year, and the African Women’s Championship Golden Ball.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria have been a dominant force in African women’s football for several decades, with a staggering nine titles in eleven appearances at the African Women’s Championship. They lifted the trophy in 1991 and consecutively won the subsequent six editions, firmly establishing their supremacy in the tournament.
Despite stiff competition from other nations, the Super Falcons continued their winning streak in 2010 and 2014, earning them nine championship titles.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria have once again secured their spot in the prestigious FIFA Women’s World Cup, marking their ninth consecutive appearance in the tournament. Their consistent performances in the qualifiers have earned them a reputation as a team to watch out for, and they have always impressed fans with their skills and determination on the field.
Onome Ebi, the captain of Nigeria’s Super Falcons, has set her sights high for the team at the upcoming 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Speaking with NAN after the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy tour in Abuja, Ebi expressed the team’s ambition to secure a spot in the tournament’s semi-finals. She emphasized the importance of surpassing their previous performance and setting a new record of success.
World Cup Nightmare
Despite their nearly unrivaled dominance in Africa, the Nigeria women’s football team has yet to impact the global stage significantly.
Their first two FIFA Women’s World Cup appearances saw them exit after the group stage. However, at the 1999 tournament held in the United States, the Super Falcons made history by advancing to the knockout stage. Despite conceding three goals against Brazil in the quarter-finals, they staged an impressive comeback, only to lose to a golden goal in extra time. This remains their most significant achievement in the tournament and the entire continent of Africa.
In the years that followed, the Nigeria women’s football team tried to replicate the success of their 1999 campaign but fell short. They failed to progress from the group stage in the 2003, 2007, 2011, and 2015 editions due to the technical superiority of their opponents. Disappointingly, they recorded only one victory in those four tournaments.
‘Perpetual-ly” Scoring Goals
Perpetual Nkwocha is the Falcon’s leading goalscorer of all time. Nkwocha’s legacy boasts five AWCON crowns, four African Women’s Footballer of the Year accolades, and three AWCON Top goalscorer honors.
Her career has been graced with a flurry of goals, with over 145 strikes for club and country, cementing her place as the Falcons’ attacking force.
Nkwocha’s international journey has been a rollercoaster ride, with her becoming Nigeria’s all-time leading goalscorer. Her name is etched in history, a testament to her exceptional talent and hard work.
The Super Falcons of Nigeria have consistently shown the world that they can challenge any team that comes their way with an array of stars and prospects. Hailed as the best female team in Africa, they hope they can win the Women’s World Cup someday.