The All India Football Federation (AIFF) recently appointed Thomas Dennerby as the head coach of the Indian women's senior national team, with the Sweden national set to take charge of the squad with immediate effect.
Dennerby, who was earlier in charge of the Indian Under-17 women's World Cup squad, was appointed in order to help the side prepare for the AFC Asian Cup, which is scheduled to take place in the country from January 20 to February 6 in 2022.
"I am grateful to the All India Football Federation for finding me suitable for the job. It's an honour to be taking over as the Head Coach of the Indian Senior Women's National team. I have been in India and am aware of the huge potential. It is a big challenge to get the girls ready for the AFC Women's Asian Cup. Life is all about challenges, and I relish it," Dennerby said per a statement from the AIFF.
The 62-year-old has vast experience when it comes to managing, having coached a number of national teams for more than 30 years. The Swede famously served head coach of the Nigerian women's national team where he led the Super Falcons to the 2019 FIFA women's World Cup.
He also helped the Nigerian women to win the AWCON Award 2018, and was awarded the 2018 Coach of the Year in Nigeria.
"With his vast experience, Thomas will bring in immense value addition to the women's team. He is acquainted with India and we look forward together for him to improve our team technically, and competitively," AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das said.
Dennerby for his part will return to coach the the Indian U-17 World Cup squad once the AFC Asian Cup ends in February 2022. Until then, the Under-17 squad will train under assistant coach Alex Ambrose, who will be working in close coordination with the Swede.