Three African national football teams have qualified for the Women’s World Cup in France. The Nigerians are veterans of the competition, while South Africa are contesting it for the first time.
Nigeria (Group A)
As eleven-time African champions, Nigeria have nothing left to prove in women’s football on the African continent – and they’ve been consistent on the world stage, too. The Super Falcons have not missed a Women’s World Cup since the competition began in 1991. They even made it to the quarter-finals in 1999.
But Nigeria did struggle to stamp their ticket to France this year. They finished runners-up in their group behind South Africa during the last African Cup of Nations, before ultimately beating the South Africans in the final on penalties.