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We Are Facing An Improved Cameroon – Thomas Dennerby

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Nigeria will be facing an improved Cameroon set up in the semi final of the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations, according to Head Coach Thomas Dennerby.

The Super Falcons have beaten the Indomitable Lionesses nine out of their eleven previous meetings; including a 1-0 victory before a partisan 35,000 spectators in 2016 when the tournament was staged in Cameroon.

The odds are in favour of the most successful nation in the AWCON history to secure final berth against either South Africa or Mali, but Dennerby is worried of the threat Brillant Ndong’s side will pose.

“I know they are a really good side,” Mr. Dennerby told GhanaCrusader.com after the team’s last training session. If you look back at the last tournament in 2016, it was a really tough game, Nigeria won it 1-0 but it could have gone the other way round.

“We know that we will play a really good team and we really need to put up a good performance if we want to win that game, because they’ve improved from the last tournament,” he stated.

Nigeria have dominated the competition, winning eight of the previous 10 editions. The team would require extra motivation to oust Cameroon, but Dennerby insist winning is special.
“To win is the best thing in life,” the Swede continued “If you need to have that feeling anytime you come out to the field, I want to win, I want to win and if I win, I need to start the next day to see what can I do to improve the team again.

“If you win, you improve the team more because the teams that didn’t win work harder to improve all the time. You can never say you’ve won the tournament 8 times so you won’t aspire to win. “You have to have full focus, you need to work on because nothing comes home easy.”

What would Dennerby describe as failure in his tenure as head Coach of the Super Falcons.

“Failure for me and the team would definitely be not making it to the World Cup but I hope we can manage to play the world Cup next year.”

Ordega has been one of Super Falcons’ star performers so far, scoring in each of Nigeria’s last two games that helped them qualify to the semis.

Nigeria's Francisca Ordega (right) hug Oparanozie and Asisat
Nigeria’s Francisca Ordega (right) hug Oparanozie and Asisat

“We’re here for a business, sometimes things go well the way you want it, sometimes you need to compromise.

“We started poorly and for us to redeem our image as the best team in the continent, we needed to talk to ourselves because we believe we have a lot of experienced players in the team and they can’t just come here for showing up sake, we came here to go back with our trophy.”

“When we win, we get a lot of money from the government, from the NFF. We all want money so we are always motivated to win so that we get more money because most of our families responsibilities are on us so we just come to win and make the money,” she concluded.

“If we win this, we will qualify for the World Cup. It will boost our confidence that we can do well at the World Cup. Nigeria have never missed any World Cup and it won’t happen in our generation. This time we don’t just want to go to the World Cup, but we want to go and make an impact and that’s starts now.”

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