Nigeria has featured in every edition of the women’s world cup since the inaugural tournament in 1991 in China. The Falcons were the only representative from the Confederation of Africa Football at the 12-team competition.
Nigeria was grouped alongside Germany, Italy and Chinese Taipei in group C. The team was, however, unable to progress to the next round of the competition, finishing in last place with zero points.
The next time the Falcons featured at the women’s world cup was in 1995. FIFA maintained the 12-teams that participated in the previous edition of the tournament, but this time Nigeria was grouped alongside Norway, Canada and England in Group B.
Fortune, however, did not smile on the Nigerian team yet again, as they finished last in the group with only one point from a 3-3 draw against Canada.
At the 1999 tournament, team Nigeria had a breakthrough that saw the team qualify into the quarterfinals of the competition.
Grouped alongside United States, North Korea and Denmark, Nigeria qualified with 6 points after defeating North Korea and Denmark 3-1 and 2-0 respectively.
Although Nigeria suffered a 7-1 defeat to the USA, the Falcons qualified for the second stage of the tournament.
However, Nigeria was unable to progress into the semifinal round of the competition after suffering a 4-3 extra time loss to Brazil.
At the 2003 tournament, Nigeria was grouped alongside tournament host, United States, Sweden and North Korea in Group A of the championship.
Although the Nigeria team were favorites to qualify from the group stage, they were unable to replicate their feat at the 1999 world cup.
The Falcons have been extremely fabulous within the continent, but have so far failed to reproduce their AFCON record at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
In the next edition of our Do You Know, we’ll take a quick look at the other times Nigeria made it to the FIFA Women’s world cup.
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