Super Falcons: Randy Waldrum Speaks on What Needs to Improve After Olympic Qualification

Super Falcons: Randy Waldrum Speaks on What Needs to Improve After Olympic Qualification

Raphael Abiola
April 10, 2024 at 10:59 AM
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  • Randy Waldrum has shared his thoughts on the Super Falcons' win over Banyana Banyana in Olympic Games qualifiers
  • The Nigerian women's national team defeated South Africa in a two-legged qualification playoff for the competition
  • The American tactician also opened up on what the Super Falcons need to improve on despite defeating Banyana Banyana

The Nigerian women's national team coach, Randy Waldrum, has disclosed what the Super Falcons need to improve after their goalless draw against South Africa in the second leg of the Paris 2024 Olympics Games playoffs.

The Super Falcons defeated Banyana Banyana 1-0 on aggregate after the final qualifying round at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria on Tuesday evening.

Nigeria won the first leg 1-0 on Friday (April 5) at the MKO Abiola Stadium in Abuja, thanks to Rasheedat Ajibade's goal.

Randy Waldrum comments on Nigeria's win over South Africa in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games qualifiers in Pretoria. Photo: Chris Hyde.
Randy Waldrum comments on Nigeria's win over South Africa in the 2024 Paris Olympic Games qualifiers in Pretoria. Photo: Chris Hyde.
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According to a report by Complete Sport, after the game, Waldrum reacted to his team's performance and how they coined the required result to seal the qualification ticket.

"The team did everything we asked of them to get the result," he said.
"We knew South Africa would come at us; we respect them, but this was our seventh or eighth clean sheet; we have been very good defensively."

Despite Nigeria's victory over Banyana Banyana, Waldrum believes his team must work on their offensive aspect as they are solid defensively.

"With time and some proper work, we will also be better on the offensive side, which everyone is asking for," he added.

This will be the Super Falcons' first appearance at the Olympic Games since 2008, after missing the last three editions in 2012, 2016, and 2020.

Waldrum's side will compete in Group C for the Women's football event alongside World Champions Spain, Japan, and Brazil.

Ellis unhappy as Banyana lost to Nigeria

Sports Brief earlier reported that South Africa women's national team coach, Desiree Ellis was disappointed after Banyana Banyana lost to Nigeria in Pretoria.

Ellis added that while Banyana Banyana were disappointed, and the fans were also let down, the country could be proud of the team as well.

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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.