After winning eight out of the last 10 editions of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Falcons of Nigeria are undeniably the favourites as the 11th edition beckons.
But the Super Falcons’ trainer, Thomas Dennerby, said he was not unaware about what lies in store despite the rich pedigree of the West African’s team as the most successful team in the history of the biennial championship.
“Of course, I know all about the history of the Super Falcons,” the 59-year-old who featured as a midfielder for Hammarby IF and Sparvagens IF in his heydays in his native Sweden, told CAFOnline.com.
“I want us to be one of the best teams in Africa but I’m also aware that women’s football is undergoing strong development in Africa. Many countries are putting in a lot of efforts to develop their national teams.
“To consolidate our position we need to bring the squad together on a regular basis and my mission is to come closer to the best teams in the world,” he noted.
Yet, in his first match in charge of the team, the Super Falcons were thrashed 8-0 by France in an international friendly in Le Mans last April but they showed their near invincibility on the continent with a 7-0 spanking of Gambia over two legs to secure berth for the defence of their title in Ghana.
With core of their players in place for Ghana 2018, there is the likelihood that the Super Falcons might nick the title yet again despite stiff challenge from their perennial rivals in the mould of South Africa, Cameroon and host, Ghana.