The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Friday announced that Thomas Dennerby will take over as the head coach of the women’s Indian football team just ahead of the AFC India 2022 Women’s Cup. The decision was taken by the AIFF technical committee ahead of the big continental event, which will be hosted by India from January 20 to February 6 next year.
Dennerby was previously the leader of the U-17 World Cup team in India and will return to this position after the Asian Cup ends. Dennerby has over 30 years of experience coaching several national teams. The UEFA Pro Diploma holder has led the Sweden women’s national team to a third-place finish at the 2011 FIFA World Cup and the quarter-finals at the 2012 London Olympics.
He was also the head coach of the Nigerian women’s national team and led them to the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. He also helped Nigerian women win the AWCON 2018 award and was awarded the 2018 Coach of the Year in Nigeria.
“I am grateful to All India Football Federation for being fit for the job. It is an honor to take over as the head coach of the India national senior women’s team,” Dennerby said. I have been to India and I am aware of the huge potential. Preparing girls for the AFC Asian women’s team is a big challenge. Life means challenges and I enjoy it,” he said.
AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said: “With his vast experience, Thomas will bring a lot of value to the women’s team. He is familiar with India and together we expect him to improve our team technically and competitively. “
Meanwhile, the Indian women’s team will camp in Jamshedpur from August 16 to September 6. Bala Devi and Dalima Chhibber were not included in the list of players requested for the camp, while goalkeeper Panthoi Chanu also left after being injured. Sanju, on the other hand, is back in the camp after recovering from an injury. Until Dennerby takes care of the senior team, girls under the age of 17 will train under the assistant of coach Alex Ambrose, who will work in close coordination with Dennerby.