CAF’s golden girls, Nigeria, are one of the few nations that can boast a 100% attendance record for the Women’s World Cup, having made their debut in 1991 and qualifying for each subsequent edition.
As perennial African champions, the Super Falcons remain a step ahead of the rest of the continent (although South Africa are fast catching up) and will look for a better outing this year than in Canada.
Having progressed out of the group stages just once in seven tournaments (1999), the draw for this summer has been kind to Nigeria throwing them into fascinatingly balanced Group A.
A team well capable of beating their opponents, the young players who were taking tentative steps four years ago now boast that vital World Cup experience and should be starting on a firmer footing this year.
The team has, like France, seen a recent overhaul in the dugout with experienced Swede, Thomas Dennerby, taking over last year.
With yet another AWCON title under their belts, the pieces are falling into place for Nigeria who have ramped up their World Cup preparations to put them in the best possible shape.
Goalkeepers: Alaba Jonathan (Bayelsa Queens), Chiamaka Nnadozie (River Angels), Tochukwu Oluehi (River Angels).
Defenders: Ngozi Ebere (Arna-Bjørnar), Onome Ebi (Henan Huishang), Faith Michael [Ikidi] (Piteå), Osinachi Ohale (Växjö), Chidinma Okeke (Robo Queens).
Midfielders: Halimatu Ayinde (Eskilstuna United), Rita Chikwelu (Kristianstad), Ogonna Chukwudi (Djurgården), Evelyn Nwabuoku (River Angels), Ngozi Okobi-Okeoghene (Eskilstuna United), Amarachi Okoronkwo (Nasarawa Amazons).
Attackers: Rasheedat Ajibade (Avaldsnes),Uchendu Chinaza (Braga), Chinwendu Ihezuo (Henan Huishang), Anam Imo (Rosengård), Uchenna Kanu (Southeastern Univesity), Alice Ogebe (River Angels), Desire Oparanozie (Guingamp), Francisca Ordega (Shanghai), Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona).
Group A largely remains a hard group to predict but Nigeria’s experience may be the defining factor, with a slice of luck the Super Falcons will progress from the group but once they reach the knock-outs, they’re unlikely to last for too long.
Also see: Our main 2019 Women’s World Cup page.
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