Nigerian sports activities minister Sunday Dare has stepped in to attempt to persuade Swede Thomas Dennerby to proceed as coach of the nationwide girls’s staff.
It comes after the 60-year-old threatened to go away attributable to ongoing issues with the Nigeria Soccer Federation (NFF).
Below Dennerby the Tremendous Falcons reached the final 16 of this 12 months’s World Cup after they received the Girls’s Africa Cup of Nations final 12 months.
The problems, which the NFF are but to touch upon, have led to Dennerby excusing himself from not less than the subsequent two Tremendous Falcons video games.
Nigeria are attributable to face Ivory Coast subsequent month in a two-legged 2020 Olympic qualifier and Dare desires Dennerby to alter his thoughts.
“I’ve personally stepped into the matter of Thomas Dennerby, the coach of Tremendous Falcons. I acquired a short this morning and can proceed to hunt a fast decision to make sure he continues to educate Nigeria’s feminine staff,” Dare revealed on his official social media.
“An hour in the past I had a constructive dialog on the phone with Tremendous Falcons coach Dennerby in Sweden. I’ve additionally spoken with the NFF management. We’re working to resolve the problems within the curiosity of soccer improvement.”
BBC Sport understands that Dennerby is now anticipated within the capital Abuja this weekend for a face-to-face assembly with the minister and his employers to debate his future.
Appointed in January 2018 as a substitute for Florence Omagbemi, Dennerby led the aspect to a maiden regional (Wafu) title in Could earlier than guiding them on the World Cup.
The primary overseas coach to each qualify for and lead Nigeria on the World Cup, his staff’s run in France was the nation’s greatest efficiency in twenty years – after their quarterfinal end in 1999.
9-time African champions Nigeria are aiming to return to the quadrennial occasion after lacking out on the 2012 and 2016 Olympic tournaments.
Within the absence of Dennerby, the NFF has already drafted in under-20 girls’s coach Christopher Danjuma for the third spherical of the African qualifiers for the Tokyo Video games.
The caretaker coach has already changed Dennerby’s alternative as captain, Want Oparanozie, and handed the position to maiden BBC Girls’s Footballer of the 12 months winner Asisat Oshoala.
Nigeria journey to Abidjan on 2 October for the primary leg, earlier than internet hosting their West African rivals within the reverse fixture in Lagos 4 days later.