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Dennerby: Falcons Were Too Compact For Banyana Banyana

Dennerby: Falcons Were Too Compact For Banyana Banyana

Super Falcons coach Thomas Dennerby has praised his side compactness in securing a ninth Africa Women’s Cup Of Nations title at the expense of the Banyana Banyana of South Africa.
Dennerby led the Super Falcons their third succesive AWCON title in his first year in charge of the team defeating the Banyana Banyana 4-3 on penalties.

In the shoot –out, Onome Ebi missed Nigeria’s first kick, hitting the upright, but after Alice Matlou and Ngozi Ebere netted, Lebohang Ramalepe booted her effort wide. 



Rita Chikwelu and Nyandeni scored, as did Chinwendu Ihezuo and Mamello Makhabane, but after Chinaza Uchendu found the back of the net, Motlhalo watched in agony as Oluehi stretched to stop her kick to hand Nigeria the trophy.


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“It’s been a wonderful tournament for us. I must commend the organizers for everything,” Dennerby said in his post match interview.
“Everything has been good, the hotels, buses training pitches and even the fans. We are happy with the general coordination.”
“Let me also congratulate Desiree Ellis for a wonderful contribution she has impacted to the current Africa Women’s Football. You won a medal and that is a plus for you and your team.”
“The game was very tough in all aspects and South Africa showed character and they did their best to get yet another victory but today our team was more compact.”
“This was the best passing game we’ve had in the tournament and the defense were alert on the day, so I must commend the entire team for a good job well done.”
“We are happy once again and we will go back, celebrate and start preparing for the World Cup next year.”
“Going forward I think women’s football in Africa is fast improving and very soon it will rival the men’s competition in terms of support and interest.”
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  • Well said Dennerby. South Africa tried but we no dey the same level. Encounter with Cameroon was the final before final. Football is more than running around with ball. Nigeria would have won the match at regular time.
    Congratulation Nigeria.
    God has done it for us again.

  • Mr. Tunde Nicholas 3 years ago

    This man is simply not better than our previous home-based coaches. Falcons have one to the finals of this tournament nite past with the intense tensions and penalty shootouts. We need to review his man performance even with this win

    • Adisboy 3 years ago

      Mr Nicholas, i can safely say that we would have lost the cup if we went with a local coach. We had the best defensive organisation ever. It would take something special to score against us. We have to realise that the rest of Africa has caught up unlike before when they were naive. In 2016 semifinal and final we were outplayed but it took the brilliance of Alaba Jonathan our keeper to keep us in the game. In both matches we were clinical and scored with the one chance we had to win both games 1 nil. Go and check, we have not qualified for the Olympics since 2008 under local coaches. The last All Africa games we finished fourth so that should give us an indication. We are unable to win in Africa without our first team players like Oshoala, Ordega, Oparanozie, Ebi and co. When these players leave I worry and add that to the poor preparation each time the future looks even tougher. We should stop living in the past and face the reality of the present.