Super Falcons Coach, Thomas Dennerby has turned his focus on Wednesday’s second leg fixture in the ongoing 11th Women Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ghana.
Recall that South Africa’s Bayana Bayana had beat the eight-time African champions, Falcons in Cape Coast on Sunday through an 85th-minute goal by Thembi Kgatlana in their group B opening game.
Nigeria will now have to win their next game against the dreaded Shepolopolo of Zambia to boost their hopes of making it to the semi-finals of the biennial competition.
The Zambians thrashed former champions, Equatorial Guinea 5-0 in their opening game on Sunday at the Cape Coast Stadium.
But the Head Coach of the Super Falcons, Dennerby believes his team will fight back and put their tournament back on track.
“We have ruminated over the defeat and everyone is focused on what we have to do to get to the next stage. It will not be easy but the players have expressed determination to win every match from this stage so that we can progress and pick a ticket to the FIFA World Cup, as a first objective.
“We are the champions and we have to show that spirit from the next match against the Zambians,” Dennerby said.
Assistant captain Onome Ebi also expressed similar belief of a bounce back.
The Super Falcons have never failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup, since FIFA launched the global finals in 1991.
The top three teams in the competition will qualify for the FIFA Women’s World Cup billed to hold in France in 2019.