Super Falcons’ coach, Thomas Dennerby has stated gratitude with the support he is getting from Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in the approval of his programme for this FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Footballlive.ng can report that the Swedish tactician is excited that the NFF are throwing their full weight behind his programme ahead of the World Cup, for which he plans to take Nigeria’s best players.
However, Dennerby noted that, in order to select Nigeria’s best talents for the Mundial, there is need to give as many good players as possible opportunities to show what they can do.
The former head coach of Sweden, who led Nigeria’s domestic players to a third place finish in the maiden WAFU Cup last year, noted that the domestic camp offers opportunity to know who has the ability, but said some will have to leave the team eventually.
He acknowledged that the NFF have availed the Falcons with the chance of playing six games so far this year in preparation for France 2019.
Dennerby said he is happy to see that the team has been getting better with every game and, though he admitted that there are various targets ahead of them, he believes they will have a good performance.
“We have different targets, of course. The first target is to find really good players that will be in the first list that we will send to FIFA. We have to be very sure we have the right players.
“It’s very important that you are one hundred per cent sure that you have picked the ones that you really want.
“Also, we have a camp in Spain at the beginning of April where we will play the Canada Women National team and it is very important that some of the players in this camp come to Spain.
“Soon, we probably need to change some of the players in the team and when the time comes we have to know who is best suitable.
“If you look at the first game we played this year in China against the Chinese Women National team, we had a good first half but the players became tired in the second half and I know the reason for that.
“However, having observed that Romanian defenders were slow from their first game, we tried to supply our attackers faster in the second game and won 4-1.
“Coming to Cyprus, with the good quality of the opponents we showed some improvement from the first tournament.
“We were unlucky in the first game against Austria with a player picking a red card in the 6th minute.
“We played with only ten players for 84 minutes but we really did well in the game. The girls showed a lot of good attitude.
“But the good thing is that we got two wins in Cyprus and the girls showed strong attitude.
“They were quick, nice running, hardworking, good decision making and all these are necessary to boost their confidence.”