BY ABAYOMI JOHNSON
New head coach of the Nigeria senior women’s team, Thomas Dennerby is back in Abuja resume work in earnest.
The Swede immediately had his first meeting with players and assistant coaches during their training session on Thursday, preparatory to the forthcoming maiden edition WAFU Cup of Nations for women taking place in Cote d’Ivoire from 10 February to 24 February.
Sportsrollcall.com understands that the reigning African champions will have their first friendly on Friday evening at the FIFA Goal Project pitch, Abuja.
Dennerby, who had previously led the Swedish women side to a third-place finish at the Germany 2011 Fifa Women’s World Cup, was recently unveiled as the Super Falcons technical adviser.
And the 58-year-old is delighted with the opportunity and has admitted that the abundant women’s football talents in the country endeared him to applying the top coaching post.
“I am extremely happy and of course, I’m honoured to be the new head coach of the Super Falcons,” Dennerby told Goal.
“It is going to be an exciting job and I really look forward to meeting the players, the staff, and a whole of people around the team.
“The potentials in the team are the main reason why I applied for the job. I know we have really good players – a lot of professionals that play abroad and also those at home.
“I know the Falconets have qualified for the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in France in the summer and that tells me that there are a lot of potentials in this country.
“I know a lot about the team because I’ve actually been the head coach of Sweden national team for years and I’ve worked with the Swedish FA as scouting teams in Africa, which include Nigeria.
“I have a lot of videos and the networks around me will be very important. I really need to build a good relationship with the coaches in Nigeria. I understand this is not a one-man band but teamwork.
“It is a long time since the Super Falcons had their last come together. I will really be happy we come together and watch the team train as soon as possible and playing some quality friendlies.
“We need to talk to the girls about the guidelines and make sure everybody is a hardworking professional. That’s my job as the head and to show everyone the way.
“I think for the moment, if you go through the ranking table, Nigeria is somewhere around 37th in the world. I believe the team is so much higher than that and I know we can start to come closer to the absolute best teams in the world.”