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The American tactician is more concerned about getting the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup ticket over winning Nigeria a tenth WAFCON title.

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Head coach of the Nigerian women’s senior national football team, Randy Waldrum, has stated that the team is determined to make it to the semi-final of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco which will guarantee a 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup ticket. The Super Falcons are currently in Morocco for the continental showpiece scheduled to kick off on Saturday, July 2, 2022. Nigeria is placed in Group C alongside South Africa, Botswana, and Burundi. Randy Waldrum and his girls will confront South Africa in what would be their first game of the tournament on Monday, July 4.
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“What comes to mind is thinking ahead of the importance to qualifyThe World Cup qualification has always been the goal, as much as we want to win AFCON Championship, the most important thing right now is qualifying. And in the other thing that a coach is always concerned with is preparation and getting things done the right way. I think we’ve prepared well and overall I’m pleased with the past year and the preparation that we’ve had.’’

Randy Waldrum

Nigeria will be gunning for a record-extending 10th African title when hostilities commence in Morocco.

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The last time Nigeria and South Africa met in the competition was during 2018 final and the Falcons triumphed via penalty shootout. Waldrum will be banking on the experience of star players like FC Barcelona Femini’s Asisat Oshoala, Onome Ebi, Francisca Ordega, Rasheedat Ajibade, and others.


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This article was first published on 29th June 2022


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