2018 AWCON: Super Falcons Coach Dennerby Targets Successful Title Defence

2018 AWCON: Super Falcons Coach Dennerby Targets Successful Title Defence




By Adeboye Amosu

Super Falcons head coach, Thomas Dennerby, has declared that his team will work hard to make a positive impact at the 2018 Africa Women’s Nations Cup in Ghana, Completesportsnigeria. com reports.

The defending champions are in Group B along with perennial rivals, the Bayana Bayana of South Africa, Shepolopolo of Zambia and Harambee Starlets of Kenya.

The draw ceremony for the biennial competition took place at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Accra on Sunday night.

“Our other three opponents in the group [B] are good. We have three weeks to our first game against South Africa and will focus on preparing well for the matches to ensure we get to the semi-final,” Dennerby stated.

The Super Falcons who are the most successful side in the history of the competition will open their campaign
on November 18 against the Bayana Bayana of South Africa at the Cape Coast Stadium.

Dennerby charges will slug it out with the Shepolopolo of Zambia in their next group game three days later before facing the Harambee Starlets of Kenya in their final group game on November 24.

Hosts, Ghana, Cameroon, Mali and Algeria will do battle in Group A. Matches in the group will be played in Accra.

The top two teams in each groups
will proceed to the semi-final stage of the competition.

Nigeria won the last edition in 2016 after edging out hosts Cameroon 1-0 in the final courtesy of Desire Oparanozie’s strike.

The top three teams from the competition will qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup to be staged in France next year.

The 2019 Africa Women’s Nations Cup will run from November 17th to December 1st.



  • Deennerby looks old compared to the first images of him released after he was hired by the NFF. He hasn’t really been convincing or delivered a better result than the local coaches that have previously been handling the Falcons. SA and Zambia are going to provide some stern test and he cannot afford to miss out on the top 3 and qualification for the World Cup. Florence Omagbemo won AWCON 2016 in Cameroun (yet she wasn’t retianed) and that’s the least Dennerby can do, or else this is not a worthwhile investment by NFF.

    • Bomboy 3 months ago

      Thank you Kel.

      I will only consider it a good investment if he goes beyond the semi finals at the World Cup. What is the use of spending so much on a foreign coach of he is only going to take us as far as we have gone before?

      We have won the AWCON many times and have reached the semis at the women world cup (narrowly missing out to Brazil on that occassion). If he does not go beyond this, then let us go back to our local coaches.

      • Adisboy 3 months ago

        Bomboy, correction. We have only reached the semis in the women’s u20 world cup. We have only reached the quarterfinals in the senior women’s world cup once and that was in 1999. I think Dennerby’s remit is going as far as possible in the world cup which is where the local coaches have failed.

        • Ayphillydegreat 3 months ago

          We’ve actually reached the final of the Women U20 WorldCup in 2014 where the likes of Oshoala, Esther Sunday, Osinachi Ohale and Osarenoma Igbinovia lost narrowly to Germany in the final. And yes we’ve only reached the Quarter final of Women’s WorldCup once in 1999. When the likes of Marvelous Mercy Akide, Florence Omagbemi, and that flamboyant goalkeeper Ann Chiejine made history to become Africa’s first and only team ever to achieve that feat. Let’s see how they can perform in Ghana and I’m absolutely certain that they will at least qualify for the Women’s Mundial.

          • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

            Hmmmm….That was one hellova team…! That match against brazil….that was the first and only time I couldnt eat bcos of female football. From Ann in goal to Captain fantastic florence omagbemi, florence iweta, yinka kudaisi, this girl- the leftback they used to call ‘mamayaro’, Nkiru Okosieme (of the famed okosieme footballing family), Nkechi Egbe, Maureen Madu, Rita Nwadike, Patience Avre, and the goal queen herself…marvelous mercy. Not forgetting the youngest member of the team back then who co-incidentally still holds the record of the youngest scorer in the fifa womens world cup at age 16, Ifeanyichukwu Chiejine and the rest whom i cant remember. Brave girls anyday anytime. coming from 3 goals down to force extra time with brazil is never a mean feat. That team could have gotten to the finals imho.
            Respect to all of them wherever they are now…! They really did put Nigeria on the world map for good back then…!!!

  • Ayphills, I think you mean Uchechi Sunday who was playing at Rivers Angels at the time. Esther Sunday was from an earlier generation of Under-21 Falconets ( the same generation as Ordega and Oparanozie) . I believe they came 4th in 2012 having lost 1:2 to Japan in the 3rd place play-off.
    Nigeria should have won the 2014 final but the inability to bury the chances they created coupled with a a bona fide goal that was wrongly disallowed sealed our fate.
    Like Kel said, nothing short of 1st or 2nd Place in this tournament with free-flowing pleasing-to-eye football played by the Super Falcons will be good enough.
    We are all waiting and watching patiently…….

  • Dr. Drey 3 months ago

    Oga…even an AWCON win isnt a metric for your success as Falcons Coach. We expect to be competitive against the rest of the world. Personally, I wish some other countries can just come and collect this AWCON thing from us while we focus on stamping our feet on the global stage. The likes of Ghana used to give us very close marking back then. Then came Equitorial guinea with their ‘United nations’ team comprising of several Nigerians, brazilians, Camerounians and Ivorians…including men masqurading as women (the Simpore Sisters – abi na brothers sef). Our Noisy neighbours like cameroun and South Africa too have at different times huffed and puffed….the likes of Portia Modise, Veronica Phewa, Janine Van Wyk, Noko Matlou, Amanda Dlamini, Amanda Sister, Jerone Dludlu all of SA and Cathy Bou, Florence Ndombouk, Gael Enginamouit, Desire Njoh all of Cameroun have at one time or the other threatened us…but somehow, credit to how much God has blessed us in Nigeria, several legends like the 1991-2000 squad, plus others who have emerged after them like Perpetua ‘Perpe’ Nkwocha (her freekick against Cameroun in the 2004 final remains a beauty to what anyday), Vera Okolo, Enfioanwan Ekpo, Akudo Sabi, Precious Dede, Olaitan Yusuf, Ajumah Ameh and lots of them – have all contributed in keeping the flag flying. Ghana seemed to loose it after 2002…prior to that time they really had very good players…the likes of Memunatu Sulemana, Yaa Avoy, Ama Dianfowa, Adjoa Bayor (former AWPOTY) and a couple others. How they couldnt sustain that flow of talents and overall development of their female football is quite pitiable. They did well to win bronze at the U17WC about 6 yrs ago, and i hope by now as host they should be reaping form that. That team had exciting talents like Pricillia Okyere, Miriam Suleiman, and one deadly stirker they nicknamed ‘Asamoah Gyan’. Sprinkled with a few experienced ones like Ama Pele and Gloria Dadson, I hope they give us a good and worthy chase for the title in the finals this year

  • nawao! diz female team are we good to go? diz is de female team dat france spelt de name nigerian in their goal account. though , there was a report dat dey hv not come together and play a match since 2016. and de player i admired most oshoala african queen was not in dat match. no problem retain a trophy is allow