September 25, 2022


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Waldrum: I’m impressed with my players

After the 4-0 demolition of Burundi in the last Group C game of the ongoing Women’s Africa Cup of Nations at the Stade Moulay Hassan, Rabat in Morocco on Sunday, Super Falcons coach Randy Waldrum said he was impressed with his side’s display, but admitted there was room for improvement, after record champions Super Falcons progressed to the quarter-finals as Group C runners-up.

Nigeria returned to winning ways beating Botswana 2-0, before Sunday’s win over Burundi, after losing their opening game of the tournament 2-1 to South Africa.

Speaking to reporters, Waldrum said he was delighted with the team’s performance but insists there’s room for improvement.

“We are improving in every game that we play,” Waldrum was quoted as saying by CafOnline.

“We execute our plans well and I am happy with the way the players have reacted in our last two games. We have urgency in the way that we play.

“We have also given an opportunity to younger players to get a feel of the tournament so that we can also rest some of the players that have played heavy minutes. I am very impressed.

“You can see it tonight (Sunday). We started Uchenna (Kanu) and she came through. Rasheedat (Ajibade) was great today. Peace (Efih) and Uchenna were great in the midfield. We have talent that is very beneficial.

“We have more good players to select from. I have confidence in what we are doing and we are in a really good place.”

On the overall performance of the team, Waldrum said, “We played very well in the first half and were in control of the game but then we became a bit sloppy in the second half.

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“There is definitely room for improvement, but I like the trajectory of the team so far.”

Nigeria will face Cameroon in the quarter-finals at Stade Mohammed V on Thursday.

The Indomitable Lionesses reached the quarters after finishing second in Group B with five points.