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Thomas Dennerby aims to build medal-fighting Super Falcons

23:09 GMT 07/02/2018
Thomas Dennerby - Nigeria women
Having been recently unveiled as the head coach of the senior women side, the Swede has shared his dreams with the African queens

Nigeria senior women head coach, Thomas Dennerby says his dreams is to build a team capable of fighting for medals at the 2019 Fifa Women's World Cup and 2020 Olympic.

Dennerby, who had previously led the Swedish women side to a third-place finish at the Germany 2011 Fifa Women's World Cup, was recently unveiled as the Super Falcons technical adviser.

And the 58-year-old is delighted with the opportunity and has admitted that the abundant women's football talents in the country endeared him to applying the top coaching post.

“I am extremely happy and of course, I'm honoured to be the new head coach of the Super Falcons,” Dennerby told Goal.

“It is going to be an exciting job and I really look forward to meeting the players, the staff, and a whole of people around the team. 

“The potentials in the team are the main reason why I applied for the job. I know we have really good players - a lot of professionals that play abroad and also those at home.

“I know the Falconets have qualified for the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup in France in the summer and that tells me that there are a lot of potentials in this country. 

“I know a lot about the team because I've actually been the head coach of Sweden national team for years and I've worked with the Swedish FA as scouting teams in Africa, which include Nigeria.

“I have a lot of videos and the networks around me will be very important. I really need to build a good relationship with the coaches in Nigeria. I understand this is not a one-man band but teamwork."

Ahead of next week's 2018 Wafu Women’s Cup in Abidjan, the Swede assured that his side will work together to ensure the country's senior women side surpasses their past achievements.

“It is a long time since the Super Falcons had their last come together. I will really be happy we come together and watch the team train as soon as possible and playing some quality friendlies," he continued.

"We need to talk to the girls about the guidelines and make sure everybody is a hardworking professional. That's my job as the head and to show everyone the way. 

“I think for the moment, if you go through the ranking table, Nigeria is somewhere around 37th in the world. I believe the team is so much higher than that and I know we can start to come closer to the absolute best teams in the world.

“I think that's the biggest challenge for me, we cannot just stay as African champions. I hope that in the couple of years to come, I can build a team that can fight for medals.

“If we have a team that could be fighting for medals at the world stage, that’s my dream and I will be very happy to make that happen.

“Maybe if we cannot get a medal at the FIFA Women's World Cup in France next year, then hopefully we should be able to do that at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.”