The 64-year-old manager has spoken of his enthusiasm for hosting friendlies for the women’s national team
Head Coach of the Nigeria Women’s team Randy Waldrum say they are ‘extremely excited’ by the Nigerian Football Federation’s approval of his team’s participation in the 2021 Turkish Women’s Cup.
Prior to Waldrum’s appointment in October, the African champions had not played in 14 months, with their last 1-1 draw against Ivory Coast in the 2020 Olympic qualifiers in Lagos.
Having received the news of the approved tours, the US tactician thanked the board led by Amaju Pinnick, while stressing that the year 2021 will be crucial in the team’s quest for success.
“I am extremely excited about this news and very happy for our players,” said Waldrum. Goal.
“I am very grateful to the NFF and the Executive Committee for approving these vitally important events. I believe this 2021 calendar year is vital for our development before qualifying begins.”
The Turkish invitation, which enters its fourth edition in 2021, will feature Nigeria for the first time after a late withdrawal in 2018.
Despite the possibility of meeting low-key women’s teams, the 64-year-old insisted that keeping his team active was of the utmost importance to him in order to build a formidable squad.
“I haven’t seen who is participating in the Turkish tournament so I can’t tell,” he continued.
“We have to be active with the games and the camps this year, because it takes time to understand how we want to play and play together as a unit.”
The camps are expected to see the return of some top players, including Desire Oparanozie and Rita Chikwelu, to the squad since their appearances at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
On what his list could look like ahead of the February tours, the former Trinidad and Tobago coach gave an overview of his plans, while also wanting more camping opportunities during the year.
“I definitely want to see the Women’s World Cup players, but also to see new local players,” said Waldrum.
“It’s also great to know that the Nigerian league is on. Surely I can’t wait to see and see the level of the women’s league!
“That’s why it’s important to have as many camps as possible. We have to use these times to evaluate. These are absolutely great opportunities for these National League players and others.
“I expect the players to come in with a good level of fitness and that’s why I sent them a program that I prepared.
“Those who play internationally will most likely be at a fairly good level, but those who have not been active should follow the programs provided.”
Waldrum is tasked with leading the Super Falcons through two major campaigns, the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations which also serves as a qualifying event for the 2023 Women’s World Cup.