Super Falcons coach Dennerby reacts to France narrow defeat

Super Falcons By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 18/06/2019

Super Falcons coach Thomas Dennerby has reacted to narrow 1-0 defeat to the host nation in the team’s final group stage game at the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Rennes on Monday.

The Africa champions were looking for a point to finish among the four best third-placed teams and put in a defensive masterclass to deny the French a goal until the 79th minute when they scored in controversial circumstances.

The 59-year-old Swedish boss was disappointed by the Honduran referee Melissa Borjas, the fact that the penalty was retaken before it was scored by Wendie Renard after missing the first spot-kick but thanks to VAR decision.

Dennerby told the media via "My [Nigeria] players are the heroes," Dennerby told the media.

"I am disappointed with the result. France is a really good team and does not need support from anybody to win games.

"I feel so sorry because the girls were fighting so well and followed the match plan but it's getting destroyed by people. Of course, we are not happy."

Nigeria are third and will wait for the outcome of the games in Group C, D, E and F to confirm their place in the last sixteen.