France 2019:Coach Denneby Promises Nigeria’s Best.

France 2019: Dennerby promises Nigeria’s best legs

Super Falcons’s Head Coach Thomas Dennerby has said that the team will go to this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France with the best legs available.

Speaking to thenff.com on the necessity of the recent domestic camp, the coach who is delighted with the maximum support of the Nigeria Football Federation for his entire programme ahead of the World Cup, insisted that in order to select the best players, there is need to give as many good players as possible the opportunity to show what they can do.

Dennerby, who led the domestic players to third place finish in the maiden edition of the WAFU Cup Tournament in 2018, noted that some of the players will leave the team eventually and the domestic camp offers opportunity to know who has the ability.

“Soon, we probably need to change some of the players in the National Team and when the time comes we have to know who is best suitable. There is a lot of good reason for having the domestic camp.”

The Nigeria Football Federation has availed the Super Falcons with the opportunity of playing six games so far this year in preparation for the FIFA World Cup in France.

Speaking on the team’s preparation so far, Dennerby insisted the team has been getting better with every game, expressing hope that they will have a good performance at the World Cup.

“If you look at the first game we played this year in China against the Chinese Women National team, we had a good first half but the players became tired in the second half and I know the reason for that. However, having observed that Romanian defenders were slow from their first game, we tried to supply our attackers faster in the second game and won 4-1.

“Coming to Cyprus, with the good quality of the opponents we showed some improvement from the first tournament. We were unlucky in the first game against Austria with a player (goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi) picking a red card in the 6th minute. We played with only ten players for 84 minutes but we really did well in the game. The girls showed a lot of good attitude. But the good thing is that we got two wins in Cyprus and the girls showed strong attitude, they were quick, nice running, hardworking, good decision –making and all these are necessary to boost their confidence.”

Nigeria 🇳🇬 Draw Hosts France 🇫🇷 In Tough World Cup Group

Nigeria 🇳🇬 The reigning African champions have been handed a hard-hitting group in the preliminary stages of the 2019 World Cup to be staged in France 🇫🇷 .   Nigeria will face hosts France, Norway 🇳🇴 and South Korea 🇰🇷  in Group A of the preliminary round of the 2019 Fifa Women’s World Cup.

The Super Falcons qualified for the competition after winning the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations staged in Ghana For a record 9th time. The draw reveals that the Thomas Dennerby’s women will square up against the hosts in one of the preliminary games. France had spanked Nigeria 8-0 in an international friendly played in April with Valerie Gauvin netting a hat-trick. This time, the nine-time African queens would be hoping to avenge their loss at the Roazhon Park, Rennes.

Nigeria begin their quest for glory when they take on Norway in their opening fixture on June 8 at Stade Auguste-Delaune, Reims.

The last meeting between both teams in the tournament ended in an 8-0 defeat for the Africans at the 1995 edition staged in Sweden.

South Korea will be up next for the Falcons at Stade des Alpes, Grenoble on June 12 before trying the hosts for size five days later.

In group B, Debutant South Africa 🇿🇦 will square against Spain 🇪🇸, China 🇨🇳 and Germany 🇩🇪,  while Africa’s third team Cameroon 🇨🇲 will face Canada 🇨🇦, New Zealand 🇳🇿 and the Netherlands 🇳🇱  in group E.

Super Falcons World Cup Opponents Out Saturday

9 –time African champions, Super Falcons of Nigeria 🇳🇬 will on Saturday know their group phase opponents at 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France 🇫🇷 . The Draw Ceremony of the 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals will hold in Paris from 6pm Nigerian time.

The Nigeria delegation to the ceremony, which included Head Coach Thomas Dennerby, NFF Director of Communications Ademola Olajire and Team Administrator Mary Oboduku arrived in Paris on Friday afternoon. President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, who, is the 1st Vice President of CAF and a Member of the Organizing Committee for FIFA Competitions will also be there.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and President of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Noël Le Graët, are among the dignitaries for Saturday’s showpiece. The Draw will be conducted by Alex Scott and Louis Saha, with the help of seven assistants.The 8th FIFA Women’s World Cup finals will hold in nine cities in France: Grenoble, Le Havre, Lyon, Montpellier, Nice, Paris, Reims, Rennes and Valenciennes.

Champions Nigeria, alongside South Africa (runner –up of the 11th Women AFCON that ended in Ghana last weekend) and Cameroon (who finished third), will fly Africa’s flag in France. Nigeria is one of only seven countries to have qualified for and participated in all previous seven editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, and all seven have also qualified for France 2019. The others are Brazil 🇧🇷 , United States of America 🇺🇸 , Germany 🇩🇪 , Sweden 🇸🇪 , Norway  🇳🇴 and Japan 🇯🇵 . The Super Falcons reached the quarter finals of the World Cup in the USA in 1999.

The opening match of France 2019 will hold at the impressive Parc des Princes in Paris (a venue for the 1998 FIFA World Cup for men), while the semi finals and final matches will be played in Lyon.

ALL THE 24 FINALISTS

AFRICA: Nigeria 🇳🇬 , South Africa 🇿🇦 , Cameroon 🇨🇲 

ASIA: Australia 🇦🇺 , China 🇨🇳 , Japan 🇯🇵 , South Korea 🇰🇷, Thailand 🇹🇭 

EUROPE: England 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 , France 🇫🇷 , Germany 🇩🇪 , Italy 🇮🇹 , The Netherlands 🇳🇱 , Norway 🇳🇴 , Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 , Spain 🇪🇸 , Sweden 🇸🇪 

NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICA: Canada 🇨🇦 , Jamaica 🇯🇲 , USA 🇺🇸 

SOUTH AMERICA: Argentina 🇦🇷 , Brazil 🇧🇷 , Chile 🇨🇱 

OCEANIA: New Zealand 🇳🇿

 

PREVIOUS HOSTS OF FIFA WOMEN’S WORLD CUP

1991: China 🇨🇳 

1995: Sweden 🇸🇪 

1999: USA 🇺🇸 

2003: USA 🇺🇸 

2007: China 🇨🇳 

2011: Germany 🇩🇪 

2015: Canada 🇨🇦