The Super Falcons of Nigeria FIFA World Cup Performance

In the history of the FIFA Women World Cup only Four countries have dominated the competition-China, Norway, Sweden, USA and Denmark. The Super Falcons of Nigeria have attended all previous FIFA tournaments since 1991. At the 1991 FIFA Women World Cup held in China, Nigeria lost their first first round matches, conceding seven goals without scoring. They were hammered by Germany 4-0, Italy 1-0 and Chinese Taipei 2-0. At the 1995 edition, the team managed only a 3-3 tie with Canada, but still ended up at the bottom of their group with just one point, after being humiliated by Norway 8-0 and falling to England 3-2 in their final group match.

Their best show yet in the FIFA Global fiesta was in 1999 in USA, where they got to the quarterfinals, under the tutelage of Coach Ismaila Mabo. The Super Falcons defeated DPR Korea 2-1 and Denmark 2-0 at that tournament, The Super Falcons became the only country in Africa to reach the quarter-final stage of the Women World Cup and unluckily lost to Brazil via a Sissi's golden goal. It was a historic game of two halves, with Brazil scoring all three goals in the first half and Nigeria replacing in the second half. The Super Falcons were at the verge of qualifying for the semis, when Brazil knocked them out on a golden goal rule.

In 2003, the Female National team turned out to be the biggest disappointment of the first round, failing to score a single goal and losing all three Group matches. The Super Falcons lost 3-0 to DPR DPR, 5-0 to the USA and 3-0 to Sweden. In the 2007 edition, the Golden Girls from Nigeria once again qualified to represent Africa at the FIFA Women world cup for the fifth time running along the Black Queens of Ghana. Nigeria coach Effiom Ntiero was so sure of his girls, that he told a newspaper: "I believe the 2007 World Cup is going to be good to us". The opposite proved to be the case, as the Super Falcons were once again booted out in the first round without a win to show for it. In a group made up of Sweden, USA and Asian top female team Korea DPR, they were unable to win a single match. They were held to a 1-1 draw by Sweden, beaten 2-0 by DPR DPR and sent packing with a narrow 1-0 loss to USA in their final group match.