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Why Precious Dede was recruited to coach India’s aspiring GKs

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Thomas Dennerby has revealed why he chose Precious Dede as part of his backroom staff for India’s Women U-17 team.

Dennerby, a veteran female coach with appearances at the women’s senior World Cup with Sweden and Nigeria will lead India’s U-17 women’s team to the World Cup next year.

In his preparation for the seventh edition of the championship, the Sweden coach has recruited some heavyweights of the game as part of his backroom staff – with Super Falcons legend Precious Dede heading the goalkeeping department.

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Dede, a 99-capped international appeared at four Women’s World Cups and three Olympic Football Tournaments.

Dennerby said Dede’s experience and good plan works were the reason he included the Falcons legend in her crew.

“Precious was with me in Nigeria for a while and of course, she’s experienced – having 99 caps for Nigeria,” Dennerby said in an interview with

“However, that was not the primary reason to bring her – it’s the fact she is a really good goalkeeping coach. She has a good plan and works hard.”

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The 60-year-old, who guided Nigeria to her round 16 finish at the last senior Women’s World Cup added that Dede was serving as a good model for the Indian lads.

“When you work with young players, it’s important you have a good personality and a good role model. She {Dede} is working very hard with the girls in training and we can already see improvement.”

Dede represented Nigeria at 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2014 African Women’s Cup of Nation, winning the competition in 2010 and 2014.

In October 2016, the former Ibom Queens, Delta Queens, and Arna Bjona shot-stopper retired from professional football.

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