Thomas Dennerby named as Super Falcons coach

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The 58-year-old Swedish coach is taking over from Florence Omagbemi with an ultimate responsibility of sustaining the team’s dominance in Africa

Sweden-born tactician Thomas Dennerby is new coach of the Nigeria senior women national team, Goal understands.

He takes over from football legend, Florence Omagbemi who led the Super Falcons to win the 2016 African Women’s Championship staged in Cameroon.

Dennerby coached the Swedish women’s national team for seven years and led them to a third-place finish at the 2011 Fifa Women's World Cup in Germany.

He has been saddled with the responsibility of taking the African champions to another level, where they can compete for honours at the Fifa Women’s World Cup and the Olympics.

“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 told NFF website.

“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.

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“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.”

American coach Randy Waldrum had earlier turned down the offer to coach the country's senior women's national team having been named as University of Pittsburgh women's soccer team head coach.

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