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 10, 2018. 10:00
Thomas Dennerby pledges to build on AWCON triumph.
Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby says the Super Falcons will work hard in their preparations for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
Nigeria, following their triumph in the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations in Ghana, were pooled with hosts France as well as Norway and Korea Republic for the global tournament next year.
The draw for the 2019 World Cup was held at a colourful ceremony inside the La Seine Musicale on the River Seine in Paris.
“There is no easy group here. I am okay with the draw because I always knew that we will have to play (against) the best teams. That is what you do at the World Cup,” explained Dennerby.
“The French team is, of course, world-class, and I know we would have to fight very hard against them.
“The Koreans are very technical and have pace, but we will confront them with our physical strength, ability and pace of our own and we have a great chance in there.
“I know the Norway team, more than they know us or can hope to know us. At the end of the day, it would come down to preparations.
“We must prepare very hard and then take it one match at a time during the finals,” the Swede said at the mixed zone which followed the draw ceremony on Saturday.
“If you have to make real impact at the FIFA World Cup, you have to beat the strong teams. That is what we have to prepare for.
“I am looking ahead to an interesting tournament in France in the summer of next year.”