Nigeria recovered from their loss to South Africa to reach the semi-finals for the 11th straight time (image courtesy NFF)

Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby has said he maintained his strategy for the 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in spite of his team’s shocking defeat to South Africa in Group B opener.

The Super Falcons advanced to the semi-finals on Saturday after whitewashing former champions Equatorial Guinea 6-0 with African player of the year Asisat Oshoala netting a hat-trick.

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The defending champions finished second in Group B with six points, one point adrift of South Africa who beat them 1-0 last week Sunday.

“I said after this initial defeat that I will not change anything in our program, that a plan was developed before the competition and that we would respect it,” Dennerby told newsmen on Saturday.

“That’s what we did. I can certify that I did not feel any stress among the players; they respected their goal. We are in the last four, and now it’s time to go to the World Cup.

“The match that awaits us against Cameroon promises to be exciting because it was the poster of the last two finals. Final before the latter? Why not. In any case, we have been very effective against Zambia and Equatorial Guinea with ten goals in two games. On that side, it’s going strong. Perhaps a favourable omen.”

Nigeria will face Cameroon on Tuesday at the Accra Sports Stadium.