Why Coach Thomas Dennerby Dumped Super Falcon Job

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Joel Ajayi

Nigeria’s Super Falcons Coach, Thomas Dennerby has left the team hastily over claims that some influential members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) were interfering in his work which was not part of the contract he signed with the federation.

Report reaching THE GLEAMER NEWS on Monday has it that 60-year-old coach Dennerby has been forced out of his job.

Also, the reporting THE GLEAMER NEWS revealed that the Falconets coach, Chris Danjuma has been drafted in to take charge of the team as they play in the second round of the 2020 Olympic qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire later this month.

Dennerby has been in charge of the Super Falcons for over 18 months. He was engaged in January 2018.

The decision of the coach to resign was due to the alleged backlog of salary arrears amidst countless frustrating tendencies by his employer – Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Feelers within the glasshouse, headquarters of NFF revealed that Dennerby has already handed over his resignation letter to the federation, some days ago.

Although there is no official confirmation yet, Thomas was said to have refused to come back to Nigeria and will not lead the team against the Elephants of Ivory Coast with two weeks to go to the first leg tie in Abidjan.

The Swede left the country after leading the Super Falcons to the third round of the African Women’s Olympic qualifiers.

This was after a 3-0 aggregate win over Algeria but has now left his post.

THE GLEAMER NEWS gathered that part of the frustration that the foreign coach couldn’t bear was repeated refusal of NFF officials to allow him to work with his preferred competent assistants.

Rather, the country’s football officials forced ‘rooky couches’ on him.

Only a few weeks ago, the NFF refused to renew the contract of one of his reliable assistants Maureen Madu, despite her rich international coaching qualifications and experience.

As at the time of filing this report, no official confirmation to Dennerby’s resignation from the federation.

Also, Our Reporter scooped that, a plan by a cabal in the NFF to frustrate Dennerby out of the team. The cabal who is from the Secretariat and Women Department of the federation worked against the wishes of the coach to have his former assistant, Maureen Madu retained as well as blocked him from inviting Falcons combative midfielder, Rita Chikwelu, and others to the qualifiers against Algeria.

A source close to the NFF said the Swede, who led Nigeria to yet another African Women Nations Cup triumph last year and the round of 16 at the France 2019 Women World Cup, left the country immediately after Nigeria’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualifier against Algeria at the Agege Stadium on September 3.

“Dennerby complained that some NFF officials were making his job difficult for some selfish reasons. These officials ensured that some players, who complained that they were being owed allowances and winning bonuses, were shut out of the national team. These officials wield enormous power in the women teams.

He got angry that these people have taken their activities to his team selection and decided the best thing to do was to go away. But we are trying to talk to him and address his concerns in the interest of the nation,” the source said.

Before he left, Dennerby was preparing the Super Falcons for a Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games qualifier against Cote d’Ivoire for which the federation recently invited 30 overseas and home-based players to camp. The players, according to the NFF, are expected to arrive in camp today, but the source said Dennerby may not likely return to lead the team against Cote d’Ivoire unless on-going efforts to convince him to return succeed. The source added that the crisis infested NFF has asked Falconets’ Head Coach, Christopher Danjuma to take charge of the team for the Cote d’Ivoire game.

More facts that the Swedish had abandoned the team emerged when on the 13th of September, NFF released the list of the players to prosecute the matches against Cote d’Ivoire with Dennerby’s name not mentioned in the release. This was in contradiction with the earlier release the NFF made when the team tackled Algeria in the second round qualifier

 

 

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