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Randy Waldrum is optimistic about Falcons’ chances at the Olympics

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The coach of the Super Falcons, Randy Waldrum, believes that his team is poised to break the streak of not qualifying for the Olympics. When they face South Africa in the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament African final qualifying playoff, Waldrum expressed concerns about the attacking talent of Banyana Banyana as reported by PUNCH Sports Extra.

The Falcons have been absent from the last three Olympic Games – London 2012, Rio 2016, and Tokyo 2020 – since their participation in Beijing 2008. Waldrum emphasized that the team is focused on securing a spot in Paris, France for the upcoming Olympic Games.

The nine-time African champions, Falcons, will host the reigning African champions, South Africa, for the first leg at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja on Friday, followed by the return fixture at Pretoria’s Loftus Versfeld Arena next Tuesday.

Both teams are entering this crucial period with a winning streak of five games respectively.

“Our main goal is Paris,” stated Waldrum.

“The team is aware of the challenge ahead. It’s about time to qualify for the Olympics after a significant period.

“This team represents a new generation. The talent and depth entering the team, showcased in Australia at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, against some of the top teams globally, are remarkable.

“We aim to progress and establish ourselves as major contenders on the international stage. This team possesses a unique quality that could elevate us to one of the best teams globally.”

Waldrum expressed respect for Banyana Banyana as they head into the pivotal playoff, acknowledging the individual attacking talents within the team.

“South Africa possesses a formidable side; they are the defending African champions, and we must show them respect,” said Waldrum.

“Their attacking players have individual strengths, posing a threat. The coach has molded them into a well-organized unit, but I have full confidence in my players.”

In their previous three encounters, the Falcons have been unable to defeat Banyana Banyana, with the South Africans securing two victories and one draw.

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