New Falcons coach instructs players (image courtesy NFF)

Thomas Dennerby is confident the Super Falcons will recover from a shocking 1-0 loss to South Africa in their opening Group B Africa Women’s Cup of Nations match on Sunday.

Franscia Ordega, Asisat Oshoala, and Desire Oparanozie all missed great chances to have put away the Banyana Banyana as the South African ladies defeated Nigeria for the second time in the history of the competition in Cape Coast, Ghana.

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And ahead of their next match against Zambia, who stunned former champions Equatorial Guinea 5-0 in the group’s other game, Dennerby said his team was focused on getting the job done.

He said, “We have ruminated over the defeat and everyone is focused on what we have to do to get to the next stage.

“It will not be easy but the players have expressed determination to win every match from this stage so that we can progress and pick a ticket to the Fifa World Cup, as a first objective.

“We are the champions and we have to show that spirit from the next match against the Zambians.”

The top three countries at the end of the eight-team tournament will represent Africa at the Fifa World Cup in France next year.

Nigeria have never missed out on the biggest women football competition in the world.