Nigeria’s female soccer team, Super Falcons’ coach, Thomas Dennerby has expressed satisfaction with his team’s performance at the 2019 Cyprus International Women’s Cup, as he is happy that they ended the competition with a 3-0 spanking of Thailand.
Speaking in the wake of Wednesday’s victory at the annual competition, in which the Falcons earlier lost two matches and won one, Dennerby reckoned that it was a huge step forward in their preparations for this year’s 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Footballlive.ng reports that it was indeed a heartwarming achievement by the African champions, as Thailand are one of 24 countries that will take part in France 2019, where the Falcons will also feature.
In Wednesday’s victory, Asisat Oshoala scored her second goal of the tournament in the 23rd minute to open the floodgate, before defender Onome Ebi made it two for Nigeria five minutes later.
Later on, Anam Imo, who also scored Nigeria’s winning goal in the 4-3 defeat of Slovakia on Friday last week, got Nigeria’s third in the 74th minute to seal the Falcons’ victory.
The Falcons opened their campaign in the annual tournament with a 4-1 loss to Austria, but Dennerby said he was happy with the team’s output in their remaining games.
The Falcons then edged Slovakia 4-3 in a tight encounter on Friday, with goals from Rita Chikwelu (a brace), Osinachi Ohale and Imo, but the nine time African champions lost 1-0 to Belgium on Monday.
Dennerby enthused that he will be expecting better results from the team, as the Falcons continue their preparations for the World Cup, in which they will play France, Norway and South Korea in Group A.
The Swedish tactician believes his side showed improvements on their form at a similar competition in China, where the Falcons lost 3-0 to the hosts, then hit Romania 4-1 in their second game in Meizhou.
He hopes that they have learnt useful lessons for the upcoming Women Mundial, which is billed to hold from 7th June to 7th July, ahead of which he says Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are already working on various plans for the team.
Dennerby is already studying a number of invitations from countries that qualified for the World Cup, with a view to deciding which teams can line out against his side before France 2019.
He added: “We lost to Austria but we recovered well against Slovakia, and if we had put away the chances we had after scoring our third goal, there would have been no way for them to equalize.
“A good thing that we won in the end. I am happy that we were able to come here and participate in this tournament.
“The lessons are good for the team, just like we also learnt a lot at the tournament in China.”