Nigeria’s Super Falcons are set for a return to the Olympic spotlight in Paris, aiming to reshape their Olympic legacy. With a blend of seasoned experience and youthful vigor, the team faces a challenging group stage and a determined coach hungry for success. Afrik-Foot dives deep into the Super Falcons’ journey to Paris and the obstacles they must overcome.

Super Falcons’ Olympics History
Previous Finals Appearances:2000, 2004, 2008
Best Performance:Quarterfinals in 2004

Coach: Randy Waldrum
– Randy Waldrum’s tenure with the Super Falcons has seen highs and lows. Issues like salary delays and a disappointing 2022 WAFCON performance tested fan patience, but a stronger showing at the 2023 World Cup brought renewed hope. With extensive coaching experience across Trinidad & Tobago, Houston Dash, and Tulsa, Waldrum’s focus remains on resolving financial hurdles and earning back supporter trust.

Key Player: Asisat Oshoala
– Asisat Oshoala, a luminary in women’s football, boasts a storied career marked by FIFA Women’s World Cup triumphs and UEFA Champions League prowess. However, Olympic success has eluded her, making Tokyo 2024 a pivotal milestone. With 37 goals in 61 Super Falcons appearances, Oshoala’s leadership and scoring prowess will be crucial in Nigeria’s Olympic campaign.

FIFA World Ranking (June 2024):36th

Group Stage
– Drawn in Group C alongside Brazil, Spain, and Japan

Road to Tokyo 2024
– The Super Falcons secured their spot at the 2024 Olympics after navigating a rigorous qualifying path. Starting with a challenging encounter against Cameroon, Nigeria’s journey culminated in a critical home victory against South Africa, confirming their fourth Olympic appearance in women’s football.

Squad Overview

Goalkeepers:Chiamaka Nnadozie (Paris FC, France), Tochukwu Oluehi (Shualat Alsharqia FC, Saudi Arabia)

Defenders: Osinachi Ohale (Pachuca Club de Futbol, Mexico), Oluwatosin Demehin (Stade de Reims, France), Michelle Alozie (Houston Dash, USA), Nicole Payne (Portland Thorns FC, USA), Chidinma Okeke (Mynavi Sendai Ladies, Japan)

Midfielders:Deborah Abiodun (University of Pittsburgh, USA), Halimatu Ayinde (FC Rosengard, Sweden), Christy Ucheibe (SL Benfica, Portugal), Jennifer Echegini (Juventus Ladies, Italy), Toni Payne (Unattached)

Forwards:Rasheedat Ajibade (Atletico Madrid FC, Spain), Esther Okoronkwo (Changchun FC, China), Asisat Oshoala (Bay FC, USA), Uchenna Kanu (Racing Louisville, USA), Chiwendu Ihezuo (Pachuca Club de Futbol, Mexico), Chinonyerem Macleans (Lokomotiv Moscow, Russia)
Jumoke Alani (Nasarawa Amazons), Ifeoma Onumonu (Utah Royals, USA), Gift Monday (Costa Adeje Tenerife Egatesa, Spain), Morufa Ademola (Rivers Angels)

This comprehensive lineup reflects Nigeria’s determination to make an impact in women’s football at the global stage, promising an exciting journey ahead in Paris.