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Africa Women Cup of Nations

Gambia are not to be underestimated, insists Thomas Dennerby

14:46 GMT+3 11/06/2018
Thomas Dennerby
Okoronkwo Amarachi’s first-half goal in Bakau hands the Super Falcons in the driving seat by virtue of holding an away goal ahead of the second leg

Thomas Dennerby insists Gambia cannot take anything for granted despite an advantage with a 1-0 away win in the African Women’s Championship qualifying.

The Super Falcons had two of their goals disqualified but Okoronkwo Amarachi’s 19th minute strike handed them a crucial triumph.

Grabbing a crucial victory, therefore, puts Nigeria in a promising to qualify for the competition billed to hold in Ghana from 17 November to 1 December 2018, although Dennerby acknowledges the visitors will not be taken for granted in Agege.

“I think they [Gambians] have a good central line, midfielders and a forward who is always ready to run at our defence line,” he told Goal.

“They have good players and they have been playing for the last three months and have stayed together for a very long time.

“The most important thing is never to underestimate them even when everyone thinks we are going to beat them with a couple of goals.”

The Super Falcons have scored just one goal in their last two games, however, the Swede bares his mind on what to expect against Mariama Sowe’s women.

“I’m expecting a high pace game and of course, our job is to bring up the pace because we are playing at home,” he continued.

“We should have scored more goals against Gambia in the first leg though we scored two goals [which the referee disallowed]. We had 17 attempts on goal but we were able to get one goal.

“That is not good enough because you would have expected us to score like three or four goals from those chances created.

“Against Gambia, we hope to correct our flaws and try to make a good use of our chances.”