Can The Falcons Finally Win The World Cup?

Can The Falcons Finally Win The World Cup?

The Super Falcons of Nigeria by a country mile have been the best Women’s team on the continent for many years. For a long time, the team has held the Women's game by the scruff of the neck.

Their dominance has seen them win nine Women’s African Cup of Nations (WAFCON) titles, plus multiple appearances at the Olympic Games as well as many World Cup tournaments under their belt.

In fact, the Falcons belong to an exclusive club of teams to have featured in the FIFA Women’s World Cup since it started in 1991.

The Women's senior national team are in an illustrious company with the likes of the United States of America, Germany, Norway, Japan, Sweden and Japan.

Despite having been to every single FIFA Women’s World Cup, the best performance of the Randy Waldron tutored team was a Quarter final finish at the USA 99 World Cup.

They came out of a group that had the hosts, USA, Denmark and North Korea with two wins and a defeat.

The Falcons had a 7-1 bashing at the hands of the United States sandwiched between a 2-1 win over North Korea and a 2-0 victory over Denmark to progress to the final eight of the tournament.

However, their fairytale run was cut short by South American giants, Brazil who won by the odd goal in seven in a keenly contested match.

Since that history making appearance in the ‘God’s own country’ the Falcons have since gone to make five more appearances at the Mundial, but they have not managed to reach the heights of 1999.

Again, they have booked their place at the forthcoming World Cup that will be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand in 2023.

But the million dollar question is can the team upset the Apple cart and finally win the coveted title?

Can the Falcons Navigate Their Group?

To start with, let’s take a look at the Group. The former African champions are drawn in Group B with co-hosts, Australia, Canada and the Republic of Ireland.

For all intents and purposes, this is a fair draw and if Randy Waldrum and his technical aids get their acts right, the Falcons should make it out of the Group unscathed.

Considering the reputation of all the teams in this group, it will not be out of place to say Nigeria is the biggest in terms of experience and titles.

So, barring any unforeseen circumstance, the Nigerians should make it through.

Trust Nigerians to back their darling Falcons to navigate their Group, especially with an added incentive to claim any of the numerous betting bonuses available in Nigeria.

Can the West Africans go the distance?

For the first time, the Women’s World Cup will have 32 teams in attendance.

This means that there will be more teams vying for the coveted title and increased competition.

The Nigerians haven’t played in a 32 team competition format in the past and given the fact that there are quite a few new faces on the team, the proposition could be a bit daunting

Is Randy Waldrum a good fit for the Job?

Randy Waldrum was appointed by the Amani Pinnick led NFF, and since his appointment he has struggled to leave his impression on the team.

Since he took the reins of the team, Nigerians have been critical of his performance and things came to a head at the last WAFCON in Morocco where the team placed a disappointing 4th.

Considering his time with the team, it will be difficult to back him to deliver a memorable World Cup outing.
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