Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby happy to secure World Cup qualification

By Owolabi Abiola/First Zeal Media

Coach of the Super Falcons of Nigeria, Thomas Dennerby says he is happy to achieve his first target at the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations after beating Cameroon in the semifinals to qualify for the World Cup.

Nigeria qualified for the FIFA World Cup in France next year after beating Cameroon 4-2 on penalties in Accra on Tuesday.
“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 defending champions will now face South Africa in the finals of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations on Saturday.

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South Africa coach Desiree Ellis excited by historic World Cup qualification

South Africa coach Desiree Ellis has expressed excitement after leading her side to a historic World Cup qualification.

The Bayana Bayana beat Mali to achieve the feat and also progress to the finals of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations.
“This is not about this team only, this is about South Africa. This is about all the coaches who have been there before [us], the players who have been there before [us], coaches in the Sasol League. But most importantly it’s about our sponsor Sasol and it’s about our South African football federation,” Ellis said after the Mali game.

“We would not be where we are if they were not on board. They’ve been tremendous in the preparation we had over the year. They made sure that we had the best preparation possible, which does not guarantee you success, but this team is amazing. We have a core of over 50 players and they are all amazing. We thank God for this great opportunity. We are going to France and that’s what it’s about.”
South Africa will face Nigeria in the finals on Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium.

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