Super Falcons have won eight Africa Women’s Championship trophies with its players sweeping major CAF Awards in the past.

Nigeria is Africa’s defending champions after winning the Women’s AFCON in Cameroon in 2016, then coached by Florence Omagbemi.

They have seen and won it all on the continent, and also made their mark at the global level.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has now appointed Swedish coach Thomas Dennerby to handle the side for the next four years.

Here are three reasons the NFF settled for the Swede.

1. Africa Dominance

According to the NFF, Dennerby was appointed to sustain and enhance the Super Falcons’ dominance on the African scene.

The Falcons are eight-time African champions and the coming of Dennerby must sustain that momentum.

2. FIFA World Cup

The Falcons need a new challenge.

It is expected that Dennerby’s coming will to take the team and the other women national sides to the next level of challenging for laurels at global competitions - Olympics and FIFA World Cup.

The Super Falcons has never made it to the quarter final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. This is a major task for Dennerby to prove himself.

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3. Youth Development

The NFF is expecting a lot from Dennerby and his assistant Jorgen Petersson.  

Asides from their immediate responsibility of coaching the Super Falcons, they are expected to generally lay the foundation for real development of women’s football in our country.

How that will play out, I don’t know.

Well, Dennerby and his assistant have a lot on their shoulders, and only good results will continue to ensure a smooth relationship with fans and administrators of the game.

Work begins immediately for the new crew as the Super Falcons will compete in the 8–Nation WAFU Women Cup of Nations taking place in Cote d’Ivoire 10th -24th February 2018.

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