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Dennerby happy to ‘achieve goal’ after Falcons qualify for World Cup

Thomas Dennerby

Super Falcons coach, Thomas Dennerby has expressed his happiness after his team qualified for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup by defeating Cameroon on Tuesday.

Falcons saw off the Indomitable Lionesses 4-2 on penalties in their semifinal clash at the ongoing Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Ghana.

The victory sealed their place in the final of the tournament, and also guaranteed them a spot in the 2019 World Cup finals in France, as the best three teams in Ghana will represent the continent at the global stage.

Dennerby, whose target from the onset has been to qualify Nigeria for the France tournament, says he is happy his girls have reached this stage.

Read ALso: Falcons beat Cameroon on penalties to reach AWCON final, seal World Cup spot

“I said at the beginning that our target was to qualify to the World Cup, I am very happy we have achieved this goal. I feel very tired,” Dennerby said after the game.

“They (Cameroon) are a good team, but I wasn’t happy with how we started. We lost the ball too easily but we defended well and that’s probably why we won. But we need to improve our forward play in the future.”

He added: “We have defended well and restricted teams from scoring against us. Its a good foundation that we are hard to score against, but we need to improve our attacking play and the quality and pace of our passes.”

The Super Falcons will battle for the title against Banyana Banyana of South Africa, who defeated Mali in the other semifinal clash on Tuesday.

 

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