Nigeria’s Super Falcons, currently ranked number one in Africa and 38th in the world, is the most successful women’s football team on the African continent.
The Falcons have won nine of 11 editions of the Women Africa Cup of Nations till date; bar the 2008 and 2012 championships. It is also one of only seven (7) teams globally to have played in every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals since the competition was launched in China in 1991.
In 1999, the Nigerian girls reached the quarter finals of the FIFA World Cup in the United States of America, and just missed out of a place in the last four after coming from behind to tie 3-3 with Brazil, only to lose after extra time.
At the last edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France, the Super Falcons made it to the Round of 16, narrowly losing out to host nation France at that stage.
At the recent USWNT Summer Series in the USA, new Coach Randy Waldrum called new birds Yewande Balogun, Michelle Alozie and Nicole Payne – all who were teaming up with the squad for the first time.Alongside sister Toni, Nicole made history as the first sisters to feature in an international for the Super Falcons.
When the Falcons gathered for a training camp in Austria in July, Ashley Megan Plumptre, who features for Leicester City Ladies in England, made her first stop in the Nigeria camp, swelling the options available to Coach Waldrum in the attack.
The Super Falcons have gained useful tactical and technical lessons from their participation in the USWNT Summer Series and the training camp in Austria, and should start as favourites for the Aisha Buhari Cup in the City of Lagos in September.
The Cameroon national women’s football team, also known as the Indomitable Lionesses, is the national team of Cameroon and is controlled by the Cameroon Football Association. They finished second in the 1991, 2004, 2014, and 2016 Africa Women Cup of Nations, participated in the 2012 Olympic Games and have competed in their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2015.
The failure of the Indomitable Lionesses to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics was a drag on their good momentum. They were stopped dead by Chile (1-2 and 0-0), during two play-offs to which the Zambians had forced them (3-2 and 1-2). This poor performance did not make us forget the good 2019 World Cup of the Lionesses and their two consecutive finals at the CAN (2016 and 2018).
The Indomitable Lionesses will now focus on preparations for the final phase of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) which will take place in Morocco next year.
Morocco is the new rising nation in Women’s Football in Africa and aspires to achieve great things.
With the signing of the “Contrat d’Objectifs” on August 6, 2020, a major development plan for Women’s Football has been launched, including the professionalization of the National Championship for its two divisions.
The appointment of Reynald Pedros as head coach of the National A Team is a testament to the country’s ambitions on the African and the international scenes.
Hosting the 2022 African Women’s Cup of Nations, Morocco hopes to make a good showing and reach the final four, synonymous with qualification for the next Women’s World Cup.
The South Africa women’s national soccer team, nicknamed Banyana Banyana (The Girls), is the national team of South Africa and is controlled by the South African Football Association.
They qualified for Olympic football for the first time in 2012, and for a FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time in 2019, in Group B with Germany, Spain and China. However, they lost all matches, and their only goal was against Spain when they went to a 1–0 lead only to lose 3–1.
Ghana’s Black Queens are recognised as a traditional powerhouse in Women football on the African continent with a lot of historical backing from the 1990s.
The Black Queens has over the years, consistently put the nation on the map and was first in securing Ghana’s first ever World Cup Spot, an unprecedented achievement even before the male side Black Stars dreamt of accomplishing same feat.
The team made numerous appearances at the African Women Cup of Nations and finished as three times silver medallist, won gold medal in the 2015 All African games in Congo, won gold at the 2018 WAFU Zone B Women’s tournament and Bronze in the 2019 edition.
The Black Queens have served the continent some scintillating football in the women’s game and Some notable names who blazed the trail with the team are the likes of Adjoa Bajor who has been adjudged footballer of the year, Alberta Sackey, Memunatu Suleman.
Mercy Tagoe-Quarcoo, a former player, Referee is the current Head Coach of the team, Elizabeth Addo as captain, Portia Boakye as deputy captain and the most capped players.