Thomas Dennerby head coach of Nigeria during the 2018 TOTAL African Womens Cup of Nations on the 17 November 2018 at Cape Coast Stadium, Ghana / Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Monday Dec 03, 2018. 10:00
Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby has praised his players following their triumph over South Africa in the final of the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations this past weekend.
The Super Falcons defeated Banyana Banyana on penalties (following a 0-0 draw) in the final in Accra on Saturday evening, sealing their ninth continental title and securing revenge for a 1-0 loss to the South Africans in the group stage.
"It’s been a wonderful tournament for us," Dennerby said at the post-match conference.
"This was the best passing game we’ve had in the tournament and the defence was 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.
"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."
South Africa coach Desiree Ellis was gracious in defeat, as Banayana once again had to settle for the runners-up spot.
"First of all, I will like to congratulate Nigeria for winning the AWCON for a record nine times," Ellis said.
"They have been a power house of women’s football for quite a while now and continue to dominate.
"My team did their best, I mean, we knew that Nigeria was going to come hard at us in the game and they did throughout."
Nigeria, South Africa and third-placed Cameroon will represent Africa at the Women’s World Cup in France next year.