Oshoala anticipating slick Super Falcons in France

The Swede steering the Falcons

Having taken the reins last year, coach Thomas Dennerby will also have had the opportunity to put his stamp on the Super Falcons come kick-off in France. “It’s not been easy for him, not having us together for a while,” Oshoala admitted.

“Now he’s had the chance to take charge of us at a tournament, see what young players are ready to make the step up, I think he has enough time to get us ready.”

With a bronze medal already resting on his mantelpiece, having led his native Sweden to the podium in 2011, Dennerby’s know-how is seen as invaluable by the team’s star forward. “He has World Cup experience, he’s taken charge of plenty of big teams and tactically he knows the game at the top level – and the World Cup is the very best.”

Being drawn with hosts France, Korea Republic and Norway sees Oshoala going with no expectations of a gentle introduction to proceedings. “I told my team-mates that no-one that’s qualified for the World Cup is a pushover. They’re among the champions of their own continents. It’s champions against champions. The group is open but it’s very high quality.”

Having been outside the field of view for plenty of fans while in China, her goalscoring and trophy-winning exploits may have gone under the radar for many. Under the tutelage for former Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain coach Farid Benstiti she has hit 23 goals across two keenly contested title wins.

Now back on European soil she will be hoping to only enhance that eye for goal in Spain’s Liga Feminina and the upcoming Cyprus Cup, so she can hit the ground running just like she did against Sweden four years ago. Her first touch in Blaugrana bodes well.

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