Dennerby Confirms Resignation as Super Falcons Coach

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first_imgIn his time in charge, Dennerby led Nigeria to a third-place finish at the 2018 Wafu Women’s Cup in Cote d’Ivoire, where he returned to lift the title in 2019. He also won the 2018 African Women’s Cup of  Nations in Ghana and later steered the nation to the Women’s World Cup knockout stage for the first time in 20 years in France earlier this summer.The NFF on Friday confirmed reports that the Swede had stepped down, allegedly due to his demand for more expatriate and unqualified local coaches.“As for Thomas Dennerby, we have received his resignation letter and of course, he has his right to resign from a job,” the NFF revealed in a series of Tweets via its Twitter handle. “We want to put it on record that no head coach in the history of the Super Falcons has been afforded the level and readiness of support that has been provided Dennerby by this board. “Perhaps, one of the reasons he left was because we did not accede to his request to bring in more expatriate coaches and an indigenous coach who does not have the required license.“If we had agreed to his request for more expatriate coaches that would have left our indigenous coaches presently with the team in the lurch.”Despite the sad end, Dennerby will not comment on issues leading to his resignation while appreciating the NFF for the opportunity to lead the African champions.“I, Thomas Dennerby, have terminated my contract agreement with the Nigeria Football Federation,” Dennerby told Goal.Amidst the resignation saga, Nigeria lost the bid to return to the Olympic Games for the third time in a row after bowing to Cote d’Ivoire on away goals last Monday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Thomas Dennerby has resigned as head coach of Nigeria’s women’s team after a year and eight months in charge.The Swedish tactician boycotted the Super Falcons’ doubleheader against Cote d’Ivoire after unresolved issues with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), reportedly due to lack of cooperation and interference.The 60-year-old coach, who led Sweden to finish third at the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany, had signed a two-and-a-half-year contract to take charge of the team in January 2018. Thomas Dennerbylast_img read more

Frontline, defense send UW to victory over Iowa

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first_imgThe Wisconsin volleyball team turned the UW Field House into a “block party” Wednesday night against Iowa.Not the kind of block party with bratwursts and beers, but with volleyballs getting shoved back into the Hawkeyes’ faces. Wisconsin recorded a season-high 15 total team blocks, while Iowa only had five in UW’s dominating 3-0 defeat of the Hawkeyes.Head coach Kelly Sheffield had a hard time wrapping his head around the blocking success his team has had lately.“All of a sudden we’re the best blocking team in the universe,” Sheffield joked. “But you just can’t figure those things out.”Senior middle blocker Dominique Thompson led the way for the Badgers, with two solo blocks and six blocking assists, a season-high.The majority of Thompson’s blocks came when it mattered most. Before the third set, Thompson had only recorded three blocking assists. With UW down by one in the third set, she had a three rally stretch where she recorded a solo block, an assist with freshman outside hitter Kelli Bates and another solo to put Wisconsin up 7-5.Her fellow middle blocker, sophomore Haleigh Nelson, also recorded a season-high, with six blocking assists and a solo.“There’s no magic answer to why we’re all of a sudden doing so well,” Nelson said. “We haven’t changed our strategies at all. We’re still working on things we were working on in the beginning of the season, they’re just starting to come together.”Senior right-side hitter Courtney Thomas was a big part of the blocking brigade, adding five blocking assists of her own. Sophomore setter Lauren Carlini and Bates chipped in three blocking assists apiece as well.Nelson’s serve was a momentum changer for Wisconsin early in the second and third sets. In the second, she served during a 7-0 UW run, adding an ace to make it 11-4. Wisconsin went on a 6-0 run in the third set to claim a 10-5 lead behind the serving of Nelson again.“Sometimes she comes out here and sometimes she is fluff, F-L-U-F-F, when she’s serving in matches,” Sheffield said. “I know the entire crowd was very [appreciative] of the fact that she was serving with some aggression and some confidence. We see that everyday in practice, and it’s good to see that the people paying money were able to see that from her tonight.”With Nelson serving, she had to spend more time in the back line, a place she’s not as comfortable with compared to the front of the net. However, the 6-3 not-so-lumber blocker stepped up her digging game and recorded five digs, including a string of two impressive ones in a row in the second set. She finished the match with five digs, one shy of her career-high.“Digs are awesome. I love playing back row,” Nelson said.“My teammates, they’re just so supportive of me when I get digs and stuff. They know I hit the ground pretty hard so when I get a dig they’re pretty happy I haven’t broken any bones.”Iowa committed 23 errors throughout the match, while UW committed 14. Sheffield said he felt they made a few too many errors, but overall was content with his team’s approach to their shots.“We had a few more attack errors than what we normally have,” Sheffield said. “But I thought for the most part those were shots that were the right shot just not going in. I thought for the most part we played a pretty smart game and at the end of the day that’s what you’re wanting.”Offensively, the three keys for Wisconsin were Thomas, Bates and Nelson. Thomas finished with a match-high 11 kills. After Iowa fought back within three in the second set, Wisconsin went to Thomas twice off a UW timeout and she buried both of them. She also pummeled the set-winning kill.“I love getting the ball in pressure situations,” Thomas said.She said her success Wednesday came from following the scouting report as well as making in-game adjustments.“Our scouting report says a lot of which shots we were gonna have open,” Thomas said. “It’s also just you having IQ of the game and being able to see what is going on on the other side of the net after each play and seeing where the defense is and hitting where they’re not.”Bates got off to a hot start, putting down four balls in the first frame. Although she quieted down in the second set, she came back and had four third-set kills, finishing the match with 10.Sheffield praised Bates’ and Thomas’ abilities to adjust offensively and still be effective.“Those two were people who would get blocked a little bit more,” Sheffield said. “Their games have expanded a lot. Their shot repertoires have expanded a lot.”Nelson went through the first two sets with three kills, but managed three in the final frame, finishing with six kills. Like Thomas, Carlini was feeding her the ball in big spots, like when Wisconsin was down 5-3 in the third and Nelson hammered one home, which started her serving barrage that put the match away.“It makes the game more fun to know that when the game is on the line you can go up and give your team what they need to keep going,” Nelson said.Wisconsin has now won eight straight matches, and hasn’t lost a set since Oct. 4, winning 16 in a row. Confidence is high, Nelson said, but there’s always room for improvement.“We still have a long way to go,” Nelson said. “We believe our team chemistry can be even better than what it is now, and that the sky’s the limit for us and even though we’ve been on a really good run we’re not even close to done yet.”last_img read more

Lakers claim Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brother Kostas off waivers

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first_imgInitially drafted 60th overall by the 76ers in 2018, 21-year-old Kostas played two games for the Mavericks last season.Kostas made 40 appearances for the Texas Legends in the G League, averaging 10.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Related News Lakers’ Anthony Davis has no regrets on trade request: ‘I’m a grown man’ Troy Daniels says he was recruited to Lakers by Anthony Davis Quinn Cook on new-look Lakers: ‘It feels like this team has been together for a while’ Kostas Antetokounmpo — the younger brother of the reigning MVP and Bucks superstar — arrives from the Mavericks on a two-way contract. From Athens to L.A. The journey continues for @Kostas_ante13.Welcome to the #LakeShow, Kostas! https://t.co/16MRALTCJk— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 22, 2019 The Lakers have been awarded the rights to Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brother Kostas on a waiver claim.last_img read more