Dapo Sotuminu, Lagos
The chief coach of the Nigeria national women’s soccer team the Super Falcons, Thomas Dennerby, has denied ever granting interview with any journalist in Nigeria or elsewhere across the world where he said he would quit his job with the Nigeria Football Federation any moment from now on ground of being owed eight months salary.
Dennerby, who spoke with Sports Compass from the team’s camp in Sol Beni, Cote d’Ivoire, said the story was the figment of the writer’s imagination.
“There was no time I discussed the situation of my job with the NFF with any journalist. So, I can confidently say that, the report was a very big fabrication, which is also embarrassing.
“I got the Super Falcons job through the president of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, he has never disappointed me in making sure I am comfortable with my job. There is no European coach you will owe for eight months and he would still be on the job, especially in Africa, that is not possible.
“Please tell the writer of that, the he spoke with a ghost and not me as I am happy with my employers. And I don’t discuss the situation of my job with the media.
“Ahead of the Nations Cup in Ghana, the Nigeria Football Federation did tremendously well by keeping the team in Epe, with a very comfortable accommodation for players and officials. We had total concentration with our training schedules with no distractions whatsoever. The players are so determined to win the title in Ghana so as to play in the France 2019 World Cup as African champion. This is very much achievable with the current form of the players in camp. A lot of them more than ever before are on top of the game and are ready to storm Ghana to give their best.”
The Falcons are in the Asec Mimosas training camp in Sol Beni, where they would train for eight days before storming Cape Coast, Ghana on November 14, four days before the Falcons opening fixture against the Bayana Bayana of South Africa.
The Nigerian team will afterwards battle against Kenya and Zambia in Group B of the continental soccer showpiece, which they have won eight times and are eager to win the title for the ninth time out of 11 championships, missing the titles in 2008 under team’s coach, the late Jossy Lad when Nigeria won the third place when Equatorial Guinea won the title for the first time and in 2012 finished in fourth place the year Equatorial Guinea won the title for a second time.