AWCON 2018: Dennerby Assures Falcons Will Confront Cameroon ‘With All Seriousness’
Super Falcons head coach, Thomas Dennerby, reckons his team will face a big test in their bid to reach the final of the 2018 African Women’s Nations Cup when they face Cameroon in the semi-final on Tuesday at the Accra Sports Stadium, but is confident they can scale through the hurdle despite the fact that the Nigerian ladies have struggled to overcome a slow start to make it last four of the biennial competition.
The Super Falcons have earned impressive wins against the Shepolopolo of Zambia and Nzalang Nacional of Equatorial Guinea in the last two games in the competition following a 1-0 loss to South Africa in their first outing.
Tuesday encounter against Cameroon who will be desperate to avenge their 1-0 defeat to the Super Falcons in the final of the competition two years ago represent a stiff test for the defending champions.
Dennerby is however upbeat on the chances of his team making it to the final of the competition.
“This is going to be a tough test but I think we have a really good chance of beating Cameroon. We have worked on our mistakes against South Africa, every game has it’s own life and we will approach this game on it’s own merit,” Dennerby stated during his interaction with the media on Tuesday.
“We are preparing like we always have, our target has always been securing a World Cup ticket first, and we are focused on that.
“Every head coach is always under pressure but it’s good I’m an old man so I can deal with it. We have to approach the game with all seriousness otherwise we could end up surprised.”
The Swede also rejected insinuation that some of his players are too old and not relevant in the team again.
“I don’t agree with that, my job is to pick the best players and I don’t discriminate on age,”he declared.
The winner of the match is guaranteed a place in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.