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Swedish coach Thomas Dennerby has been appointed Head Coach of the Nigeria senior women’s team.

Dennerby, who played for Swedish side Hammarby IF between 1977 and 1985, has signed a contract with the Nigeria Football Federation that will see him work alongside Jorgen Peterson, whom he nominated as his assistant. 

The contract, according to an official statement, will run until the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo in the initial, with an option for ‘automatic renewal subject to meeting performance milestones as agreed.’ 

The 58-year old was the Swedish Women’s Senior Team between 2005 and 2012, during which the team played at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics as well as the 2007 and 2011 FIFA World Cup finals, winning bronze at the latter tournament. He also served time as youth coach for Stockholm FA and worked in various capacities for former club Hammarby between 1993 and 2001.

More recently, he did scouting and analyses for the Swedish FA at the 2013 and 2017 European Championships, the 2016 Olympics and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Petersson has worked with several top Swedish clubs, including Moheda IF, Osters IF, Vaxjo, Alvesta Golf, IFK Varmamo, Malmo FF, Kalmar FF and Linkopings FC. He was assistant coach of the Swedish U23 women team between 2006-2012 and scouted for the Swedish women national team at last year’s European Championship.