The Nigeria Football Federation have acquired the services of Swedish coach Thomas Dennerby to manage the female national football team, Super Falcons for the next two years.
Dennerby, who tutored the Swedish Women’s Senior Team to a third-place finish at the 2011 FIFA World Cup, has been authorized to bring on an assistant, Jorgen Petersson – another Swedish gaffer – to aid him in managing the team.
The gaffer’s appointment comes few weeks after NFF President Amaju Pinnick promised the federation will employ a world class coach for the Eagles.
“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. He will 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 generally lay the foundation for the real development of women’s football in our country,” Shehu Dikko, NFF 2nd Vice President told The NFF.
“Dennerby will live in Nigeria most of the time and support the other women 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, Dikko added.
The League Management Company chairman also revealed that Dennerby will assume duty in time to prepare the eight-time African champions ahead the impending 2018 WAFU Cup of Nations billed for Cote d’Ivoire:
“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.”