Former Super Falcons Coach, Ismaila Mabo says Thomas Dennerby led team has the best of preparation towards World Cup and the team has no excuse not to reach at least the semifinal stage in this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Mabo who led the Falcons to quarterfinals of the 1999 edition in the United States believes this current Super Falcons team has the best preparation towards a major competition in the history of women football in the country.
“This team has enjoyed everything in terms of support from the NFF more than any other team in the past. The NFF has given them grade A friendlies, which I think should take Nigeria to at least the semifinal stage in France.”
The AWCON winning coach, however, stressed further that Thomas Dennerby should look beyond a quarter-final ticket and it will be a disaster should the team fail to make it out of the group stage.
“I heard the coach saying that he is targeting the quarterfinal records we set at USA ’99. But to me, the team should look beyond that, and target the semifinal spot. It will be so disappointing if they crash out in the group stage going by the level of support they have gotten from the NFF,” Mabo stated.
Nigeria has been drawn in Group A of the Women’s World Cup alongside hosts nation France, Korea DR and former World champions Norway.
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