Nigeria’s female national team, Super Falcons’ coach, Thomas Dennerby has reflected on his side’s recent outings at two build-up competitions in China and Cyprus, which he described as useful learning points ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, footballlive.ng reports.
He stated further that he is happy with the team’s seventh place finish at the Cyprus International Women’s Cup, and admitted it was a relief to end the contest with a 3-0 victory over Thailand.
While admitting he was sad to see his side lose 4-1 to Austria and 1-0 to Belgium in their first and third matches of the prestige competition, Dennerby stressed that victories over Slovakia (4-3) and Thailand are positives for the Falcons.
In the classification game at Tassos Markos Stadium in Paralimni, Nigeria beat Thailand with two first half goals from Asisat Oshoala and Onome Ebi while Anam Imo, who scored the winner in the defeat of Slovakia, got the Falcons’ third late into the second stanza.
Dennerby stressed that Nigeria were not disgraced at the 12th edition of the annual 12-nation invitational, which ended on March 6th, when North Korea were crowned champions after a 7-6 penalty shoot-out win over Italy, following a 3-3 end in extra time at GSZ Stadium, Larnaca.
The Swedish tactician added that ending the competition with victory was a good way to launch the next stage of preparations for the World Cup, where they are in Group A with the hosts, Norway and Korea.
Dennerby, who led Sweden women’s national team, Damlandslaget, to a third place finish at the 2011 edition in Germany, earlier led Nigeria to same spot at a similar competition in China, with a 4-1 win on Romania.
He described the experience gained by the Falcons in both China and in Cyprus as useful lessons for the players, ahead of their outing at the 8th Female Mundial in France this summer.
Dennerby enthused: “I am happy that we were able to participate in this tournament. A good thing that we won in the end.
“The lessons are good for the team, just like we also learnt a lot at the tournament in China.”