Super Falcons head coach, Thomas Dennerby is set to resign as head coach of Nigeria women’s senior team after a 3-0 aggregate win over Algeria.
Dennerby, who left the country after leading the Super Falcons to the third round of the African Women’s Olympic qualifiers returned to his homeland, Sweden two weeks ago, and he is yet to return back to Nigeria to lead the team against the Elephants with two weeks to go to the first leg tie in Abidjan.
The 60-year-old gaffer, who led Sweden to win bronze at the 2011 Women’s World Cup in Germany signed a two-and-a-half-year contract to take charge of the Super falcons in January 2018.
In his last 18-months in charge, Dennerby led Nigeria to a third-place finish at the 2018 WAFU Women’s Cup in Cote d’Ivoire, and then lifted the title earlier in the year (2019).
He also won the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana and later steered Nigeria to the knockout stage of the women’s world cup the first time since USA 1999, in France earlier this summer.
Both parties (NFF and coach Thomas dennerby) are yet to comment on the matter, but according a source of the NFF; who disclosed that the gaffer is threatening to quit due to his frustration and lack of support.
“It is a serious matter because he [Thomas Dennerby] has been complaining about a lack of support which was not really from the NFF leadership but the secretariat,” the source stated.
“Most of his demands are administrative. He wants a permanent residence in Nigeria to stay and also support to travel around and see league matches week in, week out.
“Although he is still being owed one to two months he is not complaining about the money but the necessary administrative support for his day-to-day activities.
“I also think the major reason why he is not happy was the fact he was not informed about some of his key players taken to the African Games when he was planning for the Olympic qualifiers.
“Well, he felt his job was tied to the Olympics and denying access to his best players was possibly a ploy to sabotage him. We don’t know if he will return or not but these are some of his demands.”
It is not the first time Dennerby had threatened to quit for similar reasons; recalling the frustrating circumstances he faced during the falcons preparations towards their defence of the 2018 Women’s Cup of Nations in Ghana.
Following Dennerby’s stance, the football federation has swiftly drafted U20 women’s head coach Christopher Danjuma to lead the falcons on interim basis against the ivorian female national team.
Danjuma recently invited 37 players, will be assisted by his U20 assistants – Wemimo Matthew and Abdul-lateef Yusuf as the Super Falcons open camp in Abuja on Sunday.
At the moment, it is unclear whether Amaju Pinnick led NFF, will be interested to honour the demands of Dennerby although reports suggest the football federation would try to lure him back.