Thomas Dennerby (middle) and Precious Dede (extreme right) during an outing for Super Falcons

By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, Nigeria

Former Super Falcons coach who is currently in charge of Indian Under 17 Women national team, Thomas Dennerby has thrown her confidence behind the team goalkeeper coach and former Super Falcons goalie, Precious Dede. reports.

Dennerby confirmed this during a live Facebook chat organised by Indian Football Team.

“For Precious Dede, I know her as a pretty good football goalkeeper since she was playing for Nigeria. Actually, Sweden used to play Nigeria at the World Cup. We played against Nigeria when she was their goalkeeper. When I wrote to Nigeria in January 2018, I understand that she was a good goalkeeping coach. She is very good with young girls. She encouraged them. We worked together with Super Falcons, and she was also with the last U-20 team in France. I understand that she will have a lot of experience that will be useful to give to young girls in India. I think she is perfect for that role.” He said.

India will host the next FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup which was initially scheduled to take place this year but has been postponed to now take place from 17 February -7 March 2021.

Dennerby said that the postponement and rescheduling of the tournament would help India prepare better for the tournament.
“From the moment that we noticed that there is a pandemic, we understand that there will be some changes around the world. It’s good that it has been postponed for a couple of month’s time.”

“I am happy with it because it helps both players and staff to keep on having good focus and mentality, that is needed for such a thing. When you don’t know that the tournament will hold, you are always a little bit worried about whether it will hold or not. That can affect both players and staff. But now when you know, it is time to work 100% together.” Dennerby concluded.

Thomas Dennerby is a household name in female football as he guided Sweden to third place at the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and quarter-final finish at the 2012 Olympics. He was also in charge of Super Falcons’ of Nigeria during their 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations, AWCON triumph as well as a Round of 16 finish at France 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The experienced tactician is expected to take the young Indian side to their first football World Cup appearance as host next year.

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