FIFA WWC 2023: Super Falcons of Nigeria Bow Out

The Super Falcons of Nigeria have been ousted from the ongoing FIFA Women's World Cup at the stage of 16. 

Coach Randy Waldrum's girls lost the game to the English team after playing for 120 minutes.

They were knocked out on penalties. 

FIFA WWC 2023: Super Falcons of Nigeria Bow Out

Nigeria is the second African team to bow out from the Round of 16 after South Africa was beaten 2 goals to 0 by the Netherlands side.

Nigeria's Journey so Far

The Super Falcons have in the competition had two draws, one win, and the final loss to England.

  • Nigeria # Canada (0-0)
  • Australia # Nigeria ( 2-3)
  • Republic of Ireland # Nigeria (0-0) 
  • England # Nigeria (0-0), penalties (4-2) 

Worth noting is the fact that the Super Falcons got to this stage thanks to the safe hands of goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie. She guarded the Nigerian goalpost for 120 minutes till a penalty shootout when her team's efforts did not yield results. 

Chiamaka Nnadozie
Chiamaka Nnadozie is inconsolable after the penalty shootout.

Her outstanding performance throughout the competition cannot be overlooked. In particular, it should be noted that the Chiamaka Nnadozie kept three clean sheets against teams such as Ireland, Northern Ireland, and England.

Nigeria's progress to the Round of 16 is partly owed to the impressive performance of Asisat Oshoala. As the first African player to score in three consecutive World Cups, she has been instrumental in guiding her team through the group stage and into the knockout rounds. 

As a forward for Barcelona, Oshoala's contributions to Nigeria's success should not be underestimated. She scored a timely goal in their match against Australia, which secured a 3-2 victory for her team. As a result, England qualifies.

England qualifies for the knockout stage of the competition for the sixth time in 1995, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019, and 2023 editions.

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