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September 24, 2023

Thomas Dennerby: A Policeman Coach On Indian Mission

Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

After tutoring the Indian national women’s U-17 side from 2019, the former Swedish and Super Falcons of Nigeria coach, Thomas Dennerby will take charge of the Indian senior women’s national team.

Thomas Dennerby takes charge of the Indian women’s national team
(India), host of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Women’s Championship slated to take place from January 20 – February 6, 2022.

How did the Policeman coach bag the Indian women’s national team’s top job?

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Based on his pedigree and huge work experience, one would have expected him to take up the Indian senior women’s national team job after taking his country (Sweden) to the semi-final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in time past as well as winning the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) with the Super Falcons of Nigeria.

Surprisingly, he left the Nigerian job to take up the role of India U-17 Girls coach.

After tutoring the girls in preparation for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup which was slated to be hosted by India in 2020, the Swedes will take up the role of the senior national team.

The former Police Officer is not a new name as far as women’s football is concerned. He is a tactician and experienced coach on that axis.



He has managed women’s football teams like Värtans IK, Spårvagens FF, Hammarby IF DFF, and Djurgården/Älvsjo at Club level winning the Swedish Allsvenskan with Hammarby IF DFF and Dammalsvenskan with Djurgården/Älvsjo.

At national team levels, Dennerby has coached the Swedish Women’s national team, Nigeria Women’s national team, Indian U-17 Girls before his latest appointment as coach of the Indian senior women’s national team.

According to his interview with the All indian Football Associations media team during the COVID-19 Lockdown, Thomas Dennerby has properly adapted to life in India coaching the young girls and study their growth.

2014 Swedish Manager of the Year (Women’s Football), and CAF Awards nominee for Women’s Coach of the Year is charged with the responsibility of leading the “The Blue Tigresses” to first Asian Cup title after finishing in Runners Up positions in 1980 and 1983.

If he can achieve this feat, Thomas Dennerby will emerge as the most successful coach at the helms of “The Blue Tigresses”.

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