The Super Falcons of Nigeria have something to be happy for after the controversial decision of VAR in their last game against France following their qualification for Round of 16 of the ongoing Women World Cup as one of the ‘four best losers”
With their progression to the next round, they have broken a 20 years jinx which has seen them crashing out of the tournament after the group stages on five consecutive occasions.
Their last success in this tournament was in USA 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup where they played in the quarter finals.
The Super Falcons finished Group A with three points in third spot and were hoping to pick one of the slots available for the third placed teams since their 1-0 loss to France on Monday.
They were given the life line after Chile could only beat Thailand 2-0 in group F match on Thursday night.
However, every side that qualifies from third will be guaranteed to face a group winner in the last 16.
The same format was in place for the 2015 edition in Canada, and that saw all four of the sides who progressed from third spot eliminated in the last 16.
It is first time two African countries will qualify to play in the knock-out round at the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
The Nigerian side will be facing Germany in the Round of 16 match.