Super Falcons learn their Women's World Cup Round of 16 opponent on their road to the final

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Nigeria finished second in their pool to secure a ticket in the knockout phase in the ongoing global competition.

Super Falcons became the first African team to qualify for the Women's World Cup Round of 16 after a good performance in Group B.

They are the only team from the continent to have played in every edition of the prestigious global competition since its initiation in 1991.

The best they have done is reach the quarter-finals - in 1999, a feat they want to better in the ongoing competition co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.

  1. How did Nigeria advance?

    How did Nigeria advance?

    The Super Falcons made it to the last 16 after finishing second in Group B with five points. Nigeria drew 0-0 with Canada in their first game before defying the odds and beating hosts Australia 3-2 in their second game.

    Their final group game against the Republic of Ireland ended 0-0 but the West African nation had done enough to make it to the next hurdle.

  2. Who will Nigeria play in Round of 16?

    Who will Nigeria play in Round of 16?

    The Super Eagles have been scheduled to play England who topped Group D after winning all their matches.

    The game is scheduled to be played on Monday, August 7, at 08.30 WAT at the Brisbane Stadium.

  3. What are Nigeria saying?

    What are Nigeria saying?

    "If we continue to play as we have and improve on each game, we can go all the way to the final," midfielder Antionette Payne believes.

    "We are a team of wonderful and hard-working players and together we can achieve our goals.

    "We knew we were in the ‘Group of Death’, we knew it was going to be hard, but we also knew it was not going to be impossible to qualify from it."

  4. Kelly looking forward for Nigeria test

    Kelly looking forward for Nigeria test

    "We're looking forward to it. A different test again and in world football playing against different opposition is amazing so we're all looking forward to it," England forward Chloe Kelly said.

  5. Super Falcons are a tough team - Zelem
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    Super Falcons are a tough team - Zelem

    "A really tough team. Every team that gets into the knockout stages deserves to be there so we know it will be a difficult test and we're ready for it," England midfielder Katie Zelem said.

  6. It will be a difficult game - James

    It will be a difficult game - James

    "It'll be very tough. Teams are catching up with each other. It'll be a difficult game," Lauren James said.