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Expectations from Waldrum ahead of the showdown with Banyana



Randy Waldrum, the coach of Super Falcons, is unfazed by the buzz surrounding the early arrival of Banyana Banyana in Nigeria for the Olympic qualifier. His focus remains on preparing his team for the crucial clash, according to PUNCH Sports Extra.

Nigeria and South Africa, both top women’s football teams on the African continent, are set to compete in a two-legged encounter vying for one of the two spots from Africa for the Paris 2024 Olympics women’s football tournament.

The first match is scheduled for Friday at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, followed by the second match on Tuesday, April 9 in Pretoria, South Africa.

The early arrival of Banyana in Abuja on Sunday has raised concerns among Nigerian fans. Addressing these concerns, Waldrum, the American tactician, emphasized his focus on his team’s preparedness.

Regarding the South African team, Waldrum acknowledged their quality and status as champions, emphasizing the need for respect. He remained undistracted by the opposition’s early arrival and training plans.

Waldrum expressed confidence in his squad’s ability to deliver, highlighting their individual talents and the danger they pose upfront. Despite the absence of injured players Tosin Demehin and Ashleigh Plumptre, he expressed faith in the team’s depth and readiness to tackle the challenge.