Dennerby: Why I Hired Dede As My Assistant For India Job

Dennerby: Why I Hired Dede As My Assistant For India Job

Former Super Falcons coach Thomas Dennerby has given reasons why he recruited ex-Nigerian women’s national team goalkeeper Precious Dede as one of his assistants in India’s U-17 women’s team, Completesports.com reports.

Dennerby took up his current post after he was relieved of his position as Falcons coach this year.

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And speaking on FIFA.com at the ongoing Tri-Nation U-17 Women’s Football Tournament -which has India, Sweden and Thailand participating – Dennerby described Dede as a very good goalkeeper coach who works very hard.

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“Precious was with me in Nigeria for a while and of course, she’s experienced – having 99 caps for Nigeria.

“However, that was not the primary reason to bring her – it’s the fact she is a really good goalkeeping coach.
“She has a good plan and works hard. When you work with young players, it’s important you have a good personality and are a good role model. She is working very hard with the girls in training and we can already see improvement.”

Dennerby also spoke about his current fitness coach Per Karlsson, who worked with him during his time with the Falcons.

“Per was also with the Nigerian team. He was a hammer throw athlete, who could throw over 75 metres. He is very strong and he has been working with things such as endurance training for track and field athletes, football, hockey and so on.

“He has worked a lot with players between 15 and 17 years of age and that is very important because, if you have worked only with seniors, your expectations can be [too] high.”

Dede was a veteran of four Women’s World Cups and three Olympic Football Tournaments with the Falcons.

She also won the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations  (AWCON) before retiring from professional football in 2016.

By James Agberebi

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  • …….then you begin to wonder why some people are so successful. Success knows no colour. Strategy. Tactics. Execution. 

    Was Dennerby too hot for NFF?

  • Omo9ja 4 years ago

    This is beyond Education. This is where NFF are getting it wrong. Having Gold at home but preferred Bronze to Gold. I trust Dennerby. Smart coach. Dedede, good job. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • My brother Precious Dede may never be employed by her country, with the quota carrot dangling over the place, coupled with the fact that she may not agree to share her salary with some of the powers that be, they will not look her way.
      Look at how they treated the highly FIFA rated Florence Omagbemi, not even after winning the nation`s cup could persuade them. Have you ever imagined why players allowance is the soft spot that have brewed chaos over the years? They prefer passing through arranged agents to hire coaches and get their kick back, front and sideways .And at the end of the day nothing is moving forward.
      We have a coach that won Olympics silver medal and after playing the fool they went back to him and he won another bronze medal. That coach is a Nigerian but nobody is looking towards his side any more why? your guess is as good as my answer. Other countries FA chairmen or presidents are almost always ex footballers but in Nigeria, it is a political position. Since when has Nigerian politicians done the right things? I rest my case.

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