AWCON: Dennerby confident ahead opener

AWCON: Dennerby confident ahead opener

Super Falcons head coach, Thomas Dennerby has revealed that he is confident in his team ahead their Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON 2018) opener against Banyana Banyana of South Africa on Sunday afternoon.

“We’ve been in camp for like 5weeks. We started camp with domestic players and after two weeks we cut the squad down and in the end, with the final squad we have a very good mix of foreign based professionals and very talented home based players,” he said on the team’s preparation at the team’s press conference in Cape Coast Stadium on Saturday morning.

“I think we’re getting better and better. The only thing that maybe we should have had is two more friendlies because now we are really not sure where exactly we are at the moment,” he added.

Dennerby then took questions on the Banyana Banyana of South Africa who seem to be fired up for the game and way ahead of the reigning champions in terms of preparation.

“They have prepared well. They played lots of friendly games this year – at least 6 or 7, so I have a good picture of them and we know that they are a good team that is getting better and better.”

Speaking of the Super Falcons’ “that’s an enormous situation for the girls because everybody wants to beat the champions, so it’s going to be a very tough game on Sunday,” Dennerby said.

He however added that “the way I feel confident is what I know about my own players; they are really good, they are in good shape and with a lot of experience.”

Also in attendance at the press conference with head coach, Thomas Dennerby was Rita Chiwkelu who had a message for Super Falcons fans worldwide.

“I want to tell fans of the Super Falcons in Nigeria and all over the World to keep praying for us. We need their support to defend our title and qualify for the World Cup in France next year,” she said.

The Super Falcons get their title defence underway against Banyana Banyana of South Africa at the Cape Coast Stadium by 3:30pm on Sunday.

Sola Oyeniyi reporting from Cape Coast.

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