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  Head coach of the Nigerian women’s senior national football team Randy Waldrum has hailed his girls for putting up a hard-fought display against Ghana in their 2-0 win on Wednesday, October 20, in the first leg of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.
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The American tactician expressed excitement at the victory and praised the team for also keeping a clean sheet ahead of their second leg encounter on Sunday, October 24 in Accra.
‘We are extremely excited about the win. Obviously, it’s important to get a win at home I think getting a clean sheet too was very important for us to go into the second leg. The first half we came out with a good attacking mentality. Second half we played a little bit more on the counter but they were chasing the game and we had some tired legs in the end. The players fought really hard, I thought Chiamaka came up with a big-time save to keep a clean sheet which was very important for us. We all understand this is just half of the job.’ Randy Waldrum

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Quizzed on the difference between Wednesday’s squad and the team the loss to South Africa in the final of the Aisha Buhari Cup, Waldrum noted that the absence of key players like Osinachi Ohale, Rasheedat Ajibade, and Tony Payne, affected the team. However, he was full of praise for his defensive line and goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie.
‘The difference when you compare this team to the one that lost to South Africa is that we didn’t have Osinachi Ohale, Rasheedat Ajibade, Tony Payne. These players are key for us and they made a huge difference for us. And I thought Onome and the other defenders did a great job for us with our goalkeeper as well.’ Waldrum
Commenting on the second-leg clash, Waldrum expressed optimism, but stated that he will “find a balance of making sure we are attacking but also protecting the two-goal lead that we have.’’ Source: Complete Sports Featured Image Source: The NFF
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This article was first published on 22nd October 2021


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