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I didn’t have the best Falcons players against Ghana, Waldrum explains reasons for the Abuja Training Camp

Super Falcons coach, Randy Waldrum says he doesn’t have the best available players for the last round of the African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) Qualifiers against the Black Queens of Ghana.

The American tactician is in camp with 29 Super Falcons players in Abuja preparing for the final round of Qualifiers against Ivory Coast.

“I don’t think we had the best team against Ghana. Bringing some of these new players allows me to see which of them is going to help us for the next qualifying round. A few of them are the ones that we have seen before but we have got some new ones like Macleans Chinonyerem will be good in the attack. We have some potential additions for Ivory Coast that we didn’t have for Ghana.” He told

“I wanted to bring the core of the players that we have been using with 14 to 15 new faces that we have been tracking and monitoring for us to see them. The purpose is obviously to prepare for the next Qualifiers so that we can have training time together.”

Super Falcons will face Ivory Coast next year in a two-legged AWCON 2022 Qualifiers with the winner of the clash qualifying for the AWCON 2022 in Morocco.

“We understand that we have to advance again to get to the Cup of Nations so it’s very important we win and put in our best performance. We certainly didn’t do that in Ghana. I understand the task ahead which was to advance past Ghana and we did that. We have got to improve the performances. At the end of the day, the job is to advance and qualification.”

Nigeria defeated Ghana 2-1 on aggregate to advance to the final round of Qualifiers and will have to avoid the last scenario of failing to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after being forced to a 1-1 draw by Ivory Coast on aggregate to crash out on away goal.


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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