Godwin Izilien calls for Super Falcons coach to be axed

Godwin Izilien calls for Super Falcons coach to be axed
Thomas Dennerby head coach of Nigeria during the 2018 TOTAL African Womens Cup of Nations match between South Africa and Nigeria the 18 November 2018 at Cape Coast Stadium, Ghana / Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Nov 21, 2018. 10:00

Former Nigeria women’s team coach Godwin Izilien has called for the axing of current Super Falcons coach Thomas Dennerby.

This follows Nigeria’s surprise defeat to South Africa in their opening match at the ongoing 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations.

A late strike from Thembi Kgatlana took Banyana Banyana to a 1-0 win over the reigning and 10-time continental champions at the Cape Coast Stadium on Sunday.

Nigeria will play their second Group B game later today when they tackle Zambia, but Izilien wants to see the Swedish manager gotten rid of as soon as possible.

"It is not too late to fire this so-called foreign coach because he has just demonstrated that he knows nothing about African football,” Izilien told the Guardian.

“I watched the match, and started wondering if that was the same Super Falcons. I blame the NFF for wasting our money on a foreign coach. We don't need an expatriate coach for the female team.”

He added, "What our indigenous coaches lack is training and re-training. I am not against a male coach handling the female team, but it must be a Nigerian coach.

“What Dennerby did with the team on Sunday was just trial and error. He didn't do anything different from what our indigenous coaches have done in the past.

“He had the materials, but no good coaching techniques. Till this moment, I am yet to understand why the NFF sacked Omagbemi and her coaching crew after they won the 2016 AWC title in Cameroon. This foreign coach has to go now.”

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