In an unfortunate turn of events, Randy Waldrum, the head coach of the Super Falcons, will be unable to lead the team during their first leg clash against Ethiopia in the second round of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games qualifiers. Sources reveal that Waldrum had informed the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) of his unavailability due to personal commitments in the United States.
In his absence, the team will be managed by his Nigerian assistants, Justin Madugu, Ann Chiejine, and Auwal Makwalla, for the first leg. However, Waldrum is expected to resume his position and take charge of the team for the second leg, scheduled to take place on October 31 in Nigeria.
Waldrum’s leadership had previously led the Super Falcons to the round of 16 stage at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, where they showcased their exceptional skills. Unfortunately, their journey came to an end after a penalty shootout defeat against England, following a goalless 120 minutes of play.
The qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Olympics in Africa will span four rounds of home and away matches from July 2023 to April 2024, ultimately determining the two teams that will represent the continent in the games. It is important to note that the Super Falcons’ last appearance at the Olympics was in Beijing in 2008.