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Expect A Physical And Fast Nigerian Women’s Team - Dennerby Warns Rivals

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Super Falcons coach, Thomas Dennerby, has forewarned those in the same group with his team about their strengths and aims for the 2019 Women's World Cup.

The Swedish tactician, who led his native Sweden to third place in 2011, revealed that the goal of the Falcons is to reach the Round of 16 at the tournament which kicks off in France this week.

Nigeria's women's national football team have failed to qualify from the group stages at their last four appearances at the World Cup after reaching the quarter-final in 1999.

The African champions have had their best preparations going to a tournament, playing 14 friendlies, 3 against World Cup-bound sides Canada, China, and Thailand.

Satisfied with his team's preparations, the 59-year-old coach, is hoping they avoid another disappointing outing.

"The training camp in Austria was fantastic, the hotel and training facilities were top standard," Dennerby told ‘Goal’.

"When you come out of a camp like that, you're well prepared mentally, technically and so on. We are really happy with our preparations.

"The world should expect to see a very physical team, fast as well because we have a lot of players with really good speed.

"Hopefully, we will be in the Round of 16 and if we can come that far, I think anything can happen thereafter.

"Definitely, we will not be having all the pressure on us because I believe most of the teams will feel they can beat Nigeria.

"If we are lucky, we can beat all the teams [in the Group Stage] because we have great talent in the team."

Nigeria will play against 1995 champions, Norway, in Reims on June 8 in their first game before facing South Korea and France in subsequent group games.