The Super Falcons of Nigeria have secured their spot in the Round of 16 after a goalless draw against the Republic of Ireland, finishing second in Group B with five points, behind Australia.
Remarkably, the nine-time African champions were the lowest-ranked team in their group, according to FIFA rankings.
Following the conclusion of their Group Stage matches, the Super Falcons have achieved new FIFA records.
In their thrilling 3-2 victory against Australia on matchday 2, 40-year-old Onome Ebi made history by becoming the first African player to participate in six FIFA World Cups. Her debut came at the 2003 World Cup in the USA.
For the first time, the Super Falcons avoided defeat in the group stage, securing one win and two draws.
Notably, Nigeria accomplished another first by keeping more than one clean sheet at the tournament, making them the only African team to achieve this milestone.
Asisat Oshoala’s goal against Australia marked her as the first African player to score in three different editions of the World Cup.
Moreover, Chiamaka Nnadozie etched her name in history as the first African goalkeeper to keep two clean sheets at the same FIFA Women’s World Cup tournament.
With their impressive second-place finish, Nigeria has become the first African country to make back-to-back Round of 16 appearances in the Women’s World Cup.