Dennerby Hails Rivers Angels, Ibom Queens’ Display


Nigeria’s female national team, Super Falcons coach, Thomas Dennerby has praised both Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt and Ibom Queens of Uyo for their performances during Tuesday’s female Federation Cup final.

Though the Swedish gaffer noted that Rivers Angels were more direct in their approach and created better scoring chances, reports that he believes both sides put up a great display that said many positives about the quality of female club football in Nigeria.

Dennerby also heaped  praises on Rivers Angels’ goalkeeper, Chiamaka Nnadozie for her outstanding performance, which ultimately helped her side eke out a 1-0 win at Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, and recalled that he said way back in February that the lass was a star of the future for Nigeria, hence her recent inviation to the Falcons.

It marks an accelerated promotion for Nnandozie, as recalls that she was earlier this year at the FIFA Women’s  U-20 World Cup with the Falconets, but Dennerby says the youthful keeper again proved her quality by helping her club win an eighth Cup on Tuesday.

While describing the final as a spectacular match, Dennerby added that he was impressed with Nnadozie’s development and noted that, after she conceded cheap goals against France in a friendly, she has improved.

Dennerby said: “I told everybody involved in women football in February that she is one for the future.

“I think she has improved well, but she is an extremely good goalkeeper for her age.
“It was a good final and both teams could have won it. I think in open play, Ibom was a bit quicker, a bit more attacking players with more passes.

“Rivers Angel played more straight and very tough to compete with, very tough with set pieces. They created a lot of chances and they scored.”


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