The Nigerian Football Federation are in discussions with two African countries to arrange friendly matches for the Super Falcons ahead of the 2018 African Women Cup of Nations busybuddiesng.com has learned.
The federation will make an announcement soon on the outcome of the discussions as they bid to ensure the Falcons arrive at the Championships in the best possible shape and with a good understanding of the tactical demands of head coach Thomas Dennerby. In the meantime, the Super Falcons will play a friendly game against Dominion Hotspur FC, a boys’ team based in Lagos, on Thursday 1st of November.
Dennerby had expressed concerns over the lack of preparatory games for the Falcons ahead of their opening AWCON game against South Africa on the 18th of November with the Falcons having last played a football match on the 11th of June in an AWCON qualifier against the Gambia at the Agege Township Stadium in Lagos.
Nigeria’s Group B opponents have all confirmed friendly matches against the Black Queens of Ghana in the lead up to the tournament.
Even though the girls have been active at their various clubs, the technical crew of the Falcons believe that a series of preparatory matches would help the team build chemistry and try out tactical approaches in a proper football match as opposed to training ground drills. This would help the coaches identify areas that require more work and give them the opportunity of making tactical tweaks prior to the start of the tournament.
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