'Nothing has been achieved yet' - Thomas Dennerby not carried away by Gambia's demolition

Despite teaching the Queens Scorpions a harsh lesson in Agege to reach the 2018 Awcon, the Super Falcons’ boss feels his team needs to keep improving

Nigeria women coach Thomas Dennerby is not getting carried away despite his side’s 6-0 obliteration of Gambia on Monday.

An attacking masterpiece from Desire Oparanozie saw her contribute four goals as Asisat Oshoala powered home a brace to destroy the west Africans to reach the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nation.

The reigning African queens qualified 7-0 on aggregate thanks to their 1-0 victory in Bakau thanks to Okoronkwo Amarachi’s first-half strike.

Buoyed by his ladies’ massive win, Dennerby is delighted - however, he is quick to point out that there are still areas where the Falcons must improve upon.

“It was a great joy that we qualified for the African Women's Cup of Nations," he told Goal.

“In the second half, we had a lot of players on the move and got quick attacking play. We struggled when players were still [immobile] and we didn't move enough. 

"To win games, we need to have four to five players on the move. I think that we have started the process to build a solid defence and we will work on with that. 

"Out of a good defence, we could have a good attacking play. But of course, we will keep on going as nothing has been achieved yet. We need to improve in every area on a football field.

"I believe with more top games and playing together as a team, we hope to qualify for the World Cup by finishing among the best three teams in Ghana."

Mariama Sowe’s Scorpions might have returned home with heads bowed low in defeat – they have a promising future going by the claims of the Swede.

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“They [Gambia] played really well but our players were a little bit more skillful. They are always working with their heart to beat any team,” he continued.

"They have good performance out of their own little resource. They perform well and gave us a fight. I think that they have a big future. Congratulations to the Gambians."


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