The Nigeria Football Federation have announced the signing of Swedish coach, Thomas Dennerby, as the new head coach of African women’s champions the Super Falcons.
The contract also enables Dennerby to come into the job with an assistant, Mr. Jorgen Petersson, another highly experienced Swedish coach nominated by Dennerby himself, the NFF said in a press release made available to Completesportsnigeria.com on Thursday.
The Super Falcons have been without a head coach since Florence Omagbemi’s contract was not renewed at the end of 2016 and the team have been inactive since winning the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon in December 2016.
Dennerby, who spent nine years with Hammarby IF of Allsvesnkan and played in the European Cup in 1983 and 1985, won 34 caps for Swedish junior teams between 1975 and 1981. He coached Sweden’s women’s team between 2005 and 2012, during which the team played at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and the 2007 and 2011 FIFA World Cup finals, winning bronze at the latter tournament.
He also did scouting and analyses for the Swedish FA at the 2013 and 2017 European Championships, the 2016 Olympics and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.
NFF President Amaju Pinnick had promised to get a world-class coach to improve the global standing of Super Falcons and other women’s national teams after the long delay in getting a replacement for Omagbemi.
“The NFF decided to go for a coach of the calibre of Thomas Dennerby for three reasons: to sustain and enhance the Super Falcons’ dominance on the African scene; to take the Falcons and the other women teams to the next level of challenging for laurels at global competitions like the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup and; to generally lay the foundation for the real development of women’s football in our country,” Shehu Dikko, NFF second Vice President/Chairman of Strategy, told thenff.com.
“Dennerby will live in Nigeria most of the time and support the other women’s teams whenever he has the time. The contract is until the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo in the initial, with the right for automatic renewal subject to meeting performance milestones as agreed. He will be in Nigeria very soon for the public unveiling.
“The NFF Technical and Development Committee has already shortlisted three Nigerians to work with Messrs Dennerby and Petersson as assistant coaches and goalkeeper trainer. These three will resume work soon to start preparing the team for the upcoming WAFU Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire pending the resumption of Dennerby and Petersson.”
The three coaches who will work with Dennerby and Petersson will be announced soon.