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Super Falcons beat England, Germany, Australia to emerge best-dressed in FIFA World Cup

The Super Falcons jersey during the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France is in the lead following poll by FIFA for the tournament’s best sportswear.

FIFA announced this on its Women’s World Cup Twitter page.

Other jerseys also nominated are that of Australia, England and Germany.

Here are the four jerseys which were mentioned the most. It’s time to vote now: Which jersey at the 2019 #FIFAWWC was your favorite T-shirt? #France2019 @TheMatildas (Australia) | @Lionesses (England) | @DFB_Frauen (Germany) | @NGSuper_Falcons (Nigeria),” the tweet read.

The poll, which ended on Monday had 1,027 votes at 6:15pm on Sunday.

The Super Falcons jersey was ahead with 41.6 per cent of the votes, ahead of England, second with 22.2 per cent.

The German women’s team placed third with 19.7 per cent, while Australia placed fourth with 16.6 per cent. Falcons qualified for the knockout stage of the Women’s World Cup for the first time in 20 years in France.

They were eventually knocked out in the second round after losing 3-0 against Germany.

The Nigeria national women’s football team, nicknamed the Super Falcons (parallel the men’s Super Eagles epithet), represents the country in international women’s football and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation.

The team is by far Africa’s most successful international women’s football team winning a record eleven Africa Women Cup of Nations titles, with their most recent title in 2018, after defeating South Africa in the final.

The team is also the only women’s national team from the Confederation of African Football to have reached the quarterfinals in both the FIFA Women’s World Cup and Football at the Summer Olympics.

They are also one of the few teams in the world to have qualified for every edition of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, with their best performance at the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup where they reached the quarterfinals.

They won the first seven African championships and through their first twenty years lost only five games to African competition: 12 December 2002 to Ghana in Warri, 3 June 2007 at Algeria, 12 August 2007 to Ghana in an Olympic qualifier, 25 November 2008 at Equatorial Guinea in the semis of the 2008 Women’s African Football Championship and May 2011 in Ghana during an All Africa Games qualification match.

The Super Falcons have been unable to dominate beyond Africa in such arenas as the FIFA Women’s World Cup or the Olympic Games. The team has been to every World Cup since 1991, but managed just once to finish in the top eight.

In 2003, the Super Falcons turned out to be the biggest disappointment of the first round, failing to score a single goal and losing all three Group A matches. They did a little better in 2007, drawing only one of their Group B matches.

However, they faced the group of death in both 2003 and 2007, grouped both times with rising Asian power North Korea, traditional European power Sweden, and a historic women’s superpower in the USA.

Nigeria hosted the African women’s championship finals for the third time in 2006, replacing Gabon, which was initially granted the right to host, but later pulled out, citing financial difficulties, and won it for the seventh time in a row.

Nigeria’s Super Falcons and Ghana’s Black Queens represented Africa in China for the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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Written by Mateen Badru

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