The Giants of Africa still have the nation proud as they not only won the African football trophy for a record-breaking 11th time, but they also qualified for the knockout stages of the Women’s World Cup for the first time in 20 years.
The Falcons have always been a constant source of joy and inspiration, as they continue to overachieve and do our nation proud.
In honor of these iconic ladies, let’s take a short trip down memory lane and run through 5 times the Falcons made us super proud to be Nigerian.
Lucky Number 7
In case you’re ever in an argument and need some bragging rights on Nigerian football, look no further than this audacious record – The Super Falcons won the first seven AWCON tournaments. Let that sink in for a second.
From 1991 – 2006, the Falcons held on to the crown of African Football Queens, and in the process, established a legacy that will never be forgotten. This is one of the few records in world football that may never be broken.
The Meteoric Rise Of Asisat Oshoala
The meteoric and thoroughly deserved rise of Falcon’s starlet Asisat Oshoala is one of the most remarkable stories of African Football.
She has had stints at Liverpool and Arsenal, and currently plays her trade at Chinese club – Dalian Quanjian F.C, where she emerged as top scorer at the just-concluded football season.
Her success has been so impressive that its impact has greatly exceeded football, Oshoala has become an icon for young ladies in Nigeria, an aspirational figure which epitomizes the Nigerian tenacity, and potential for greatness.
Since being unveiled as the official Malt drink of the Nigerian football team. Amstel Malta has been behind the girls, cheering them to victory and using their success as perfect narratives of the Power Of Women.
We Only lost 5 Times In 20 Years
During our first 20 years of women football, the Falcons only lost 5 times. Their dominance on the African football scene was so much, that teams would go into matches well aware that they only ever had a slim chance of leaving with a draw.
More impressively this was achieved with very minimal funding and without a lack of proper footballing structure as the football association was still in its infancy. Despite the cries for better working conditions and better pay packages, their performances never dipped and falcons consistently overachieved for 20 years.
Now with better management and with more corporate sponsorship from some of Nigeria’s biggest brands including Star and Amstel Malta, we can only imagine the success that awaits the Falcons. Our wait for a World Cup trophy may just be about to end.
Can I get an Amen Anybody?
King of the “African Women Footballer of the Year Awards”
Nigerian men’s football hasn’t had a lot of success at the individual awards for African footballers. Despite Jay-Jay Okocha’s illustrious career, he was often beaten to the award by the equally impressive Cameroonian – Samuel Eto’o.
However, the exact opposite is the case when it comes to female football. A Nigerian has won the award 10 times out of a possible 15. This astonishing feat includes double wins by Cynthia Uwak, while Perpetua Nkwocha has won the award a record-breaking 4 times, Asisat Oshoala and Mercy Akide round up the list of previous winners of the award, with both earning the individual prize thrice and once respectively.
Nigeria To The World
One of the best parts of this unprecedented success by our girls is the worldwide exposure this has provided for the great nation of Nigeria. Our female football is always a source of positive buzz for Nigeria.
The girls have also made a good habit of displaying Nigerian culture during the games, with goal celebrations involving the girls bursting a “Shaku Shaku” move and celebrating the beautiful Nigerian culture.
For all the negative trope that sometimes surround the country, Nigerians are still often known as wholly happy people and these girls often epitomize this with their football.
Our resilient and enthusiastic spirit is one of the key things that identify us as Nigerians and despite the odds, our falcons continue to excel.
We celebrate our falcons as the football stars, recently blew our minds in the new Amstel Malta campaign with Tiwa Savage, Linda Ejiofor, CeeC, Tonto Dikeh, Dakore Egbuson, Kemi Adetiba and Yetunde Babaeko, having us celebrate the power of women!
Congratulations Super Falcons!!!