NGA vs RSA: Coach Randy Waldrum Names What Nigeria Must Avoid to Claim Victory Against South Africa

NGA vs RSA: Coach Randy Waldrum Names What Nigeria Must Avoid to Claim Victory Against South Africa

Ero Samson
updated at April 5, 2024 at 10:11 AM
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  • The Super Falcons of Nigeria are set to lock horns with South Africa's Banyana Banyana
  • The clash is the first leg of the crucial final qualifying round for the 2024 Paris Olympics
  • Coach Randy Waldrum says what his side must avoid to ensure victory over South Africa

The stage is set, and the atmosphere is buzzing as Nigeria hosts South Africa in the first leg of the final qualifying fixture for the Paris Olympics.

The lead-up to the clash between the African football powerhouses has been filled with loads of tough talks and conversations from individuals from both camps, and the game looks poised to be a cracker.

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Nigeria's Super Falcons seek their first victory against South Africa since 2018. Image: Justin Setterfield.
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However, amid the numerous talks that continue to herald the lead-up to the crunch fixture, coach of the Super Falcons of Nigeria, Randy Waldrum, has stated something his side must avoid to ensure a much-controlled game and certain victory is assured against Banyana Banyana.

Waldrum speaks on South Africa clash

Speaking to the media in the final press conference ahead of the match, the 67-year-old touched on a vulnerability which his team has to improve on.

As captured by Soccernet, the veteran manager acknowledged a lapse in concentration by his team in the final minutes of recent games and pledged that the Falcons would perform better against Banyana Banyana.

"In the last 20 minutes of that match[against Cameroon], we kind of just hung in," the American coach remarked.
"It did open up a few opportunities for them in the game. So it's just one of those things we have to try and get the team to play the full 90 minutes and 120 if it takes that."

The current crop of Super Falcons players is aiming to achieve a feat which their predecessors have failed to achieve in recent years.

A victory over South Africa would see Nigeria qualify for the Olympic Games for the first time since the Beijing event in 2008.

Nigerian players South Africa must be wary of

In a previous report, Sports Brief compiled a list of Nigerian players that the South African team must be wary of.

The list features Juventus women hat-trick hero, Jennifer Echegini, and team captain, Rasheedat Ajibade.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).