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The 64-year-old coach spoke about his enthusiasm for organizing friendly matches for the women’s team
Nigeria Women’s Team Head Coach Randy Waldrum says he is “ extremely excited ” by the Nigerian Football Federation’s approval of his team’s participation in the 2021 Turkey Women’s Cup.
Their reaction comes hours after the endorsement of the Super Falcons’ tour of Turkey in February and two friendlies against Morocco days later by the NFF executive board on Tuesday.
Before Waldrum’s appointment in October, the African champions have not played a match in 14 months, with their latest draw 1-1 against Ivory Coast in the 2020 Olympic qualifier in Lagos.
Upon receiving news of the approved tours, the American strategist thanked the board led by Amaju Pinnick, while emphasizing that the year 2021 would be crucial in the search for the team’s success.
“I am very excited about this news and very happy for our players,” said Waldrum. Objective.
“I am very grateful to the NFF and the Executive Committee for approving these vital events. I believe that this calendar year 2021 is vital to our development before qualifying begins.”
The Turkish invitational entering its fourth edition in 2021 will feature Nigeria for the first time after a late withdrawal in 2018.
Despite the possibility of running into low-key women’s teams, the 64-year-old insisted that keeping her team active is of the utmost importance for him to build a formidable team.
“I have not seen who is in the Turkish tournament so I cannot say,” he continued.
“We need to be active with games and camps this year as it takes time to develop an understanding of how we want to play and play together as a unit.”
The camps are likely to see the return of some of the best players, including Desire Oparanozie and Rita Chikwelu, to the team’s fold since their appearances at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
On what his roster might look like ahead of the February tours, the former Trinidad and Tobago coach provided insight into his plans, as he looked forward to more camping opportunities throughout the year.
“I certainly want to see the players from the Women’s World Cup, but I also want to see some new local players,” revealed Waldrum.
“It’s also great to know that the Nigerian league is up and running. Surely I can’t wait to see the level of the women’s league!
“That’s why it’s important to have as many camps as possible. We need to use those times to evaluate. They are absolutely great opportunities for these national league players and others.”
“I hope the players enter in good physical condition and that is why I sent them a program that I prepared.
“Those who play internationally will probably be at a pretty good level, but those who have not been active need to do the programs provided.”
Waldrum is tasked with leading the Super Falcons through two major campaigns, the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, which is also the qualifying event for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.