Readability over the destiny of the FIFA U-17 Ladies’s World Cup, which was to be held later this 12 months in India earlier than being postponed to early 2021 as a result of novel coronavirus pandemic, has helped gamers cope psychologically with the continuing standstill, mentioned Thomas Dennerby, India’s coach for the event, throughout a Q&A session in Fb on Saturday.
Responding to questions from followers and journalists through the session organised by the All India Soccer Federation (AIFF), Dennerby, who’s presently again dwelling in Sweden, mentioned his gamers have additionally been engaged in a health regime supervised by the teaching workers.
“We have now tried to make it possible for the women proceed to have the identical focus that that they had after they have been within the nationwide staff camp. Step one for us was to get a solution to the query whether or not the World Cup would happen. As a result of even if you happen to attempt to assist them on the psychological aspect, there’s at all times this query among the many gamers: is my onerous work main me someplace or is it for nothing? So it was extraordinarily essential getting the brand new dates. As a result of after we had the webinars with the women, that they had that good glaze again figuring out that the event will finally happen,” Dennerby mentioned.
Explaining how his gamers have remained engaged through the lockdown, the Swedish coached mentioned, “Earlier than we left India, all of the gamers got particular person health program to observe. They report back to my and the health coach’s cellphone so we will observe no matter they’re doing and what their health ranges are. After some time, we modified this system somewhat bit in order that they get to do new drills. We even have smaller webinars. We have now common conversations one to 2 occasions every week.”
The coach additionally added that he would settle for not having the ability to go forward with publicity excursions forward of subsequent 12 months’s event if the state of affairs with the pandemic doesn’t enhance. “It was essential to play in opposition to some higher-ranked groups. I hope we’ve got one other alternative to play these video games within the winter. But when we will’t exit, we’ve got to cope with it as folks’s lives are essential.
Dennerby, who has beforehand coached the Sweden and Nigeria ladies’s senior nationwide groups, was appointed by AIFF in November final 12 months to guide the Indian staff out on the FIFA Ladies’s U-17 World Cup.
The event, which was to be held from November 2 to 21 later this 12 months in India, has been pushed backed to new dates of February 17-March 7, 2021, topic to additional monitoring. 5 continental qualifying tournaments for the World Cup are but to happen.