Randy Waldrum Discloses Super Falcons Star Who Impressed Most in Nigeria’s Win Over South Africa

Randy Waldrum Discloses Super Falcons Star Who Impressed Most in Nigeria’s Win Over South Africa

Raphael Abiola
updated at April 6, 2024 at 6:13 PM
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  • Randy Waldrum commented on Nigeria's win over South Africa in the Olympic Games qualifiers in Abuja
  • The American coach singled out a Super Falcons star for praise due to her performance against Banyana
  • Banyana Banyana will host Nigeria for the second leg of the final qualifying playoff on Tuesday evening

Super Falcons coach, Randy Waldrum, has named the player who impressed him the most during Nigeria's win over Banyana Banyana of South Africa in the first leg of the final qualifying playoff for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.

The Nigerian women's national team claimed a deserving 1-0 win over South Africa at the MKO Abiola Stadium on Friday, April 5.

Rasheedat Ajibade scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the first half.

Super Falcons of Nigeria beat South Africa in the first leg of the final qualifying playoff for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Photo: @NGSuper_Falcons.
Super Falcons of Nigeria beat South Africa in the first leg of the final qualifying playoff for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games. Photo: @NGSuper_Falcons.
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Despite Ajibade being the match-winner with her goal, Waldrum has singled out Mexican-based striker Chinwendu Ihezuo as the Super Falcons star who impressed him the most in the game.

According to a report by All Nigeria Soccer, the Pachuca Femenil started the game ahead of Asisat Oshoala and won the penalty, which earned her team the win.

"Excellent; for me, she is probably the best player in the game. I thought she was outstanding up front, and her hold-up play was brilliant," he said.
"She followed every ball down, whether she had a chance to get it or not. With almost every ball, she put the South African defence under pressure, and that's what you want out of a striker—a player who will put that kind of work in.
"She was fantastic. We knew she would do well. I have been following her in Mexico; if you guys have followed her there, she's been playing very well this season. Maybe they were not quite ready for her; she was amazing, awesome."

Waldrum speaks ahead of South Africa’s clash

Sports Brief earlier highlighted Super Falcons coach, Randy Waldrum's key points on securing victory against Banyana Banyana.

The 67-year-old stressed the need to deny the South African team chances and maintain full concentration throughout the match.

The Super Falcons executed this strategy effectively, securing a crucial first-leg advantage in line with Waldrum's tactical instructions.

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Raphael Abiola
Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.