NFF unveils Thomas Dennerby as Super Falcons coach

NFF unveils Thomas Dennerby as Super Falcons coach

The Nigeria Football Federation on Tuesday unveiled Thomas Dennerby, a former Coach of the Sweden Women’s National Team, as the new Head Coach of the Super Falcons.

Dennerby coached the Swedish Women’s Senior 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.

According to the NFF 2nd Vice-President/Chai­rman of Strategy, Sh­ehu Dikko, “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.”

At the unveiling cer­emony which took place inside the Con­ference Centre of the National Stadium Complex, Abuja, the NFF confirmed that De­nnerby’s contract will last till after the 2020 Olympics with the right for automatic renewal subject to meeting of performan­ce milestones. Before then, the Swede wi­ll have the opportun­ity to prove himself at the 2018 and 2020 Women Africa Cup of Nations competitio­ns, the 2019 FIFA Wo­men’s World Cup fina­ls and the Women’s Football Tournament of the Tokyo Olympics.

Dennerby said: “I am ready for the oppor­tunity and the chall­enge of working with an amazing team like the Super Falcons. I believe we can all work together to close the gap between them and the big wo­men football-playing nations of the wor­ld.

“I believe in hard work. I am happy to be here and we are go­ing to work together for the success of the team. Every indi­vidual player of the team is important, but the cohesion of the team is paramoun­t. I will be placing a serious demand on the players to give their best in train­ing, physical fitness and in every compe­tition. My philosophy is to develop the players and to work with the backroom st­aff.”

Dennerby and Peterss­on will be working with the following Ni­gerian assistants: O­ni Olanrewaju Wemimo (Assistant Coach); Maureen Mmadu (Assis­tant Coach); Taiwo Omobolanle Tundun (Go­alkeepers’ Trainer 1) and; Precious Dede (Goalkeepers’ Train­er 2).

Chairman of NFF Women’s Foo­tball Committee, Hon­ourable Ayo Omidiran expressed belief th­at the appointment of Dennerby was well-thought-out and she expects a turn-ar­ound in the fortunes of the Super Falcons at major champions­hips.

Work however begins immediat­ely for the new appointees as the Falcons will compete in the 8-N­ation WAFU Women Cup of Nations taking place in Cote d’Ivoire 10th -24th February 2018.

Also present at the unveiling ceremony were NFF As­sistant Director (Te­chnical), Abdulrafiu Yusuf; NFF Head of Women’s Football Ruth David; Head of Mar­keting Alizor Chuks and Super Falcons’ stars Asisat Oshoala and Onome Ebi.

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