Fifteen days to the second round of the African qualifying series of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics women’s football tournament between Nigeria and Ivory Coast, coach Thomas Dennerby is yet to return to Nigeria.
Dennerby left Nigeria after the Super Falcons’ 1-0 win against Algeria in an Olympic qualifier at the Agege Stadium, Lagos on September 3.
The Swede had recently threatened to quit as the head coach of the women’s senior team over claims that he was not given enough support, lacked a permanent residence in Nigeria, as well as lack of support to travel around and watch league matches.
Also, the coach is reportedly owed salary and was not carried along when some of his players were taken to the 2019 African Games, while he was planning for the Olympic qualifiers.
Amidst the current saga, Nigeria are hoping to return to the Olympics women’s football tournament for the first time in 12 years.
The Falcons will travel to Abidjan to face the Elephants on October 2 before welcoming them for the reserve fixture in Lagos on October 6.
Despite Dennerby’s absence, the Falcons have commenced preparations for the match, with Christopher Danjuma as the acting coach.
The NFF had in a press statement announced that 30 home-based professionals kick-started preparations for the clash with seven overseas-based professionals expected to join before the trip to Abidjan for the first leg.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, and top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation will meet today (Friday) over Dennerby’s resignation rumour.