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Super Falcons get two additional foreign coaches


The Super Falcons are currently training in Spain ahead of the FIFA Women World Cup slated for France in June. Photo/NGSuper_Falcons

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) yesterday announced that it has approved two additional foreign coaches for the Super Falcons, saying it is part of the efforts to ensure adequate preparations for the team ahead of the Eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup finals in France.

The coaches are Per Harlsson, who is now the team’s conditioning coach, and Matti Demegard, who will work as video analyst for the nine–time African champions before and during the World Cup finals.

The federation said both were recommended by Head Coach Thomas Dennerby.

These additions come on the back of two preparatory tournaments in China and Cyprus, an ongoing one in Spain, scheduled participation in the WAFU B Tournament and final camping programme in the world –renown Avita Resort in Austria, making the Class of 2019 perhaps the most –prepared Super Falcons for any FIFA World Cup finals since the competition was launched 28 years ago.

Explaining the relevance of the new staff to the team, Dennerby said: “The analyst collects clips on players, processes them and the players can come to the analyst a day after the game to see the different situations they were into. We also do it on team base so that we can see defending line, midfield, build up play, finishing and so on. This is very important for the education of the players and technical understanding.

“Then we have the conditioning coach who is building the endurance of players as well as speed muscles. His role is to help our players to get quicker and better stamina.

He is also a really important part of the team.”

Falcons will play Icelandic top division side, UMF Selfoss today before facing Canada Women National Team on Monday.

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