The Indian Women’s U-17 national football team’s Swedish coach Thomas Dennerby left for home on Wednesday, April 1 after training was stopped due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and a 21-day lockdown imposed in India.
Dennerby and fellow Swed fitness coach Per Karlsson flew back home on a flight arranged by the Swedish government for their citizens in India.
2Yes, head coach Dennerby is leaving for his home in Sweden tomorrow. There is no training now and the players have left for their homes,” All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das had said on Tuesday, March 31.
The experienced 60-year-old Dennerby was appointed as the head coach of the Indian women’s U-17 team in November last year. He had guided the Swedish women’s national team to a third-place finish in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany and a quarterfinal spot in the 2012 London Olympics.
Asked when Dennerby is likely to return, Das said, “He will come back once he is able to train the players.”
But there are now also doubts if the 2020 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup could be held in November 2020 in India given the current Covid-19 situation.