Thomas Dennerby named as head coach of Indian women’s football team for 2022 AFC Asian Cup in India

Thomas Dennerby was in charge of the Indian under-17 women’s football team. He is replacing senior women’s team coach Maymol Rocky. 

By Aarish Ansari
Picture by AIFF

The All India Football Federation (AIFF), on Friday, appointed Thomas Dennerby as the new head coach of the Indian women’s national football team.

Sweden’s Thomas Dennerby will be replacing Maymol Rocky, who stepped down from the role due to personal reasons in July.

Thomas Dennerby has been roped in to prepare the senior team for next year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup, which begins on January 20. The tournament will be held in India.

The Swede has over 30 years of experience and was previously in-charge of the Indian women’s under-17 FIFA World Cup squad. He will return to the youth team after the women’s Asian Cup ends in February 2022.

In Thomas Dennerby’s absence, assistant coach Alex Ambrose will coach the under-17 team.

Thomas Dennerby’s CV includes a third-place finish in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and a quarter-final appearance at the London 2012 Olympics with the Swedish national team.

The 62-year-old UEFA Pro Diploma holder has also helped Nigerian women to win the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations and was awarded the 2018 Coach of the Year in Nigeria.

“I am grateful to the AIFF 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,” Thomas Dennerby told AIFF.

“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,” he added.

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