Cyprus Women’s Cup: Dennerby calls for focus ahead of Belgium game

Cyprus Women’s Cup: Dennerby calls for focus ahead of Belgium game

Head coach of the Super Falcons of Nigeria Thomas Dennerby has called on his players to do away with mistakes and ensure maximum concentration ahead of Monday evening’s must win game against Belgium.

The Super Falcons of Nigeria earned their first win of the Cyprus Women’s Cup after a nervy encounter with Slovakia in which the African champions edged the Slovaks 4-3 after surrendering a 3-0 half time lead.

The three goals from Slovakia made it 7 goals conceded in 2 games for a team known for their ability to shut out defences. Thomas Dennerby has however revealed that there is no cause for alarm.

“I would have been worried if the goals came from bad organisation or the players didn’t know what to do but that wasn’t the situation,” the Swede said.

“In the game against Slovakia we felt the referee helped them back into the game which was well under our control and with some bad mistakes the players got nervous. However, this is our opinion from what we saw from the bench it doesn’t mean it was right.”

Going to the game against Belgium “Yea, it’s important. Every game is important,” Dennerby said.

“We definitely hope that we can manage that game and win. If we are going to win a team like that (Belgium) we have to stay focused throughout the game till the final whistle goes. We have a really good chance and if we can beat Belgium we will be at least second on the table,” he added.

Austria and Belgium are joint table toppers with 4 points and +3 goals difference while Nigeria are in third with 3 points and -2 goals difference. Hence the Super Falcons need a win Monday evening when they face Belgium at the GSZ stadium to progress in the tournament.

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