On Tuesday, India U-17 Women’s team head coach Thomas Dennerby conducted an online video meeting with players and support staff. Thomas Dennerby praised the efforts put in by the girls during the lockdown period.
“The girls already had a very detailed fitness program which was provided to them earlier. They report to Per (Karlsson, the team’s fitness coach) and all other staff also follows. I follow the daily reports on a special WhatsApp group and we can see that the girls work very hard. I’m really impressed,” the All India Football Federation (AIFF) quoted Dennerby as saying.
During the conference itself, Dennerby encouraged the players and spoke with them. He also had a talk with their staff too in order to strategise the webinars and modules for the coming weeks.
“With the players, it was more a social relationship meeting. Just saying hello and encouraging everyone to keep on training hard,” said the Swedish coach.
“I told them to keep on training with focus, follow the fitness program they have and to report to the staff about what they do every day. Also, I asked them to stay calm and not worry about missing training sessions,” he added.
Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata, Guwahati, Ahmedabad and Navi Mumbai were the five cities FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2020 was scheduled to take place in India from November 2-21, 2020. However, it has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic situation spread across the world. The Local Organising Committee (LOC), AIFF and FIFA are working on finalising the future dates for the tournament.