Super Falcons coach, Randy Waldrum has revealed his intention to build a team with strength, stamina and technical balance that can compete with the best teams in the world.
According to a statement from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the 65-year-old American coach who was appointed in October 2022 said he will continue to work on the project of bringing in younger players to compete with old guards in the team
“Our initial mandate as given by the NFF was to qualify the team for the Women AFCON in Morocco. That, we have achieved. However, in the preparation and process, we also had in mind the imperative of building a squad with the strength, stamina and technical balance to give the world’s best teams a good run for their money, anyday and anywhere.
“I am happy that we have qualified for Morocco, where our first goal will be to qualify for the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand next year summer. We will continue to work on the project, getting young players who are good enough to compete with the old guard, and pick the best team always. I like the spirit of the players and their commitment to the cause, and it is an incentive in itself to keep working hard at the project.”
The Nigerian side have qualified for the Women Africa Cup of Nations set to take place in Morocco and will seek to qualify for the Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2023.
The Falcons have been to every single edition of the FIFA World Cup since the competition was launched in 1991, but have only survived group stage attrition on two occasions – in the USA in 1999 and in France 20 years later.