Nigeria must learn from Morocco, South Africa – Waldrum

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Nigeria’s Women National team Coach, Randy Waldrum has suggested that the Football Federation should emulate South Africa and Morocco if the Super Falcons would return to dominance in Africa and compete favorably on the world stage.

The Super Falcons were dethroned as African Champions at the 2022 Women’s African Cup of Nations, losing to both South Africa and Morocco in the process.

Waldrum, who took charge back in 2020, led the team on his first International tournament and finished fourth.

Among the challenges experienced in the build up to the tournament, the 65 year-old American argued he only had a short time to work with the full compliment of players invited.

On the average, the Super Falcons play three international games all year – in non competition years – and the regular first team players aren’t always available, a situation the Morocco and South Africa FA have nipped in the bud.

Speaking after his team was yet again comprehensively beaten by world Champions, US WNT, in a friendly last weekend, Randy Waldrum insists the Super Falcons most assemble more frequently – and in particular the team’s core.

“Obviously we’ll continue to study video from the previous match, we have to clean something defensively, because we are playing not just the best in the world, they are the peak of their physical condition,” Waldrum said about the US WNT after the 4-0 victory against Nigeria.

“They are in the league, here in the US, getting ready for the playoff, so they are together.

“Unfortunately, we don’t get our players together on time, because they scattered all over the World, so we know there’s going to be another challenge on Tuesday, but like I said if this is where we want to be, we have to play this kind of team to get better.

“Morocco was the first time all of the players that I asked for came to camp, since we came in about a year ago, so it’s going to take time to look good,

“You look at the things Morocco and South Africa are doing, their teams are together on a regular basis, so we have to gather our players together too.

“Thankfully the President has given us an opportunity like this to be together, hopefully the team will be better for the World Cup than in Morocco,” He concluded.

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