The Best In The Women’s Football – Nigeria
Previous FIFA Women’s World Cup appearances: 1991, 1995, 1999,2003
All-time best: 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup quarter-finals
Coach: Effiom Ntiero has been in women’s football since 1990, initially as coach of Nigeria’s most successful women’s club, Pelican Stars. The 52-year-old former professional, who never experienced international football as a player, was appointed women’s national coach just under a year ago.
Star player: The Super Falcons’ captain and five-time African Women’s Championship winner Kikelomo Ajayi. Technically strong, ambitious and a fearsome tackier, the 30-year-old is Africa’s most successful women’s footballer. Ajayi enjoys playing the drums in her spare time and is an admirer of Roberto Carlos.
The team: Having dominated women’s football in Africa for many years, Nigeria’s breakthrough in the World Cup is long overdue. With players such as Ajayi, Perpetua Nkwocha, Mercy Akide, Florence Omagbemi and Cynthia Uwak, there is no shortage of talent in their side.