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FIFAWWC’23| Abiodun Deborah Has Shown She Is Ready To Play At The Highest Level – Randy Ponders On Team Selection


Super Falcons Head Coach, Randy Waldrum believes Deborah Abiodun has shown ability to play at the top level, after she gave out a good performance against Canada, in the opening day of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – JULY 26: Head coach Randy Waldrum of Nigeria answers questions during a press conference at Brisbane Stadium on July 26, 2023 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Elsa – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Abiodun, though was punished with a red card, after a rough challenge on Canada’s player Ashley Lawrence, played well and gave a good account of herself.

Nigeria’s midfielder #13 Deborah Abiodun (L) receives the red card from Referee Lina Lehtovaara of Finland during the Australia and New Zealand 2023 Women’s World Cup Group B football match between Nigeria and Canada at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, also known as AAMI Park, in Melbourne on July 21, 2023.

Waldrum, who feels the return of Abiodun from suspension could give him difficulties in making decisions, hailed the young player for her strong output in the game.

“She has shown her ability to play at this level, so it would make my decision a bit difficult when she comes back from suspension,” Waldrum said, during the official press conference prior to the Australian game.

The 19 year old joined Pittsburgh University Football team some months ago from Rivers Angels and had a decent Performance against Canada in Super Falcons first game of the 2023 World Cup.


Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu

Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu popularly known as tobex is the Vice chairman of Sports writers Association of Nigeria , lagos Chapter. She Is also the Media Spokesperson of the Super Falcons of Nigeria. She is an award winning women's football writer. Tobex is also an ex footballer that was privileged to play in the first NFF organised women's league in 1990 as a player of Hamza Queens. Her last club as an active footballer was Ibom Angels as She paved way to further her education years ago. She is a Federal Government scholar , with a degree in Mass communication, a second degree in Public Relations and Advertising (Communication Studies). She is a Wife and Mother.

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