By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), has reiterated its resolve and determination to provide new Head Coach of the Super Falcons, Mr Randy Waldrum all the support he needs to build a fabulous squad that will challenge for global laurels and ink Nigeria’s name on the map of the world’s leading women football-playing nations.
At a brief meeting of the NFF Management with Mr Waldrum at the Sunday Dankaro House headquarters of the Federation on Monday morning, NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi said the Amaju Melvin Pinnick –led administration is resolute in harnessing available human, material and non-physical resources and assets to uplift the nine –time African champions to eventual world beaters.
“I welcome you to the NFF headquarters for the very first time. Let me start by saying that I was actually impressed with your professionalism and competence shown in handling of the squad at the Turkish Women’s Tournament, and that played a great role in the Super Falcons winning all their matches at the tournament.
“Permit me to also say the NFF is enamoured by your request, without any prompting, to come and watch the NWFL Super 6 taking place in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. This shows clearly that you are interested in the development ansd sustenance of the Nigeria women’s game and discovering players for the National Team. We will continue to give you all the support to build a formidable team that the world will reckon with by its performance at major tournaments outside the African continent,” Dr Sanusi said.
Waldrum, an American who played as a midfielder and has worked largely within the American women football circle, was Head Coach of the Trinidad and Tobago national team between 2014 and 2016. On his appointment in October last year, President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick stated: “The predominance of the Super Falcons on the African continent has never been in doubt, with nine titles out of 11 editions of the Women AFCON competitions held so far. We envision a new Super Falcons squad competing favourably for laurels at the global level, and I believe the new technical crew led by Mr. Waldrum can take us to that level.”
Chairman of the NFF Technical and Development Committee, Alh. Yusuf Ahmed Fresh made a similar statement on Monday, saying the Federation has implicit confidence in Mr Waldrum to upgrade the technical hue of the Super Falcons and mould them into one of the world’s best.
Also present at the meeting were Dr Emmanuel Ikpeme (Deputy General Secretary), Mr Augustine Eguavoen (Technical Director), Mr Charity Kadiri (Director of Finance & Admin), Mr Ademola Olajire (Director of Communications), Ms Ruth David (Ag. Director, Competitions), Mr Abdulrafiu Yusuf (Assistant Director, Coaching and Development), Mr Siji Lagunju (Assistant Director, Training and Development) and Mr Emmanuel Ayanbunmi (Protocol).
The Super 6 Tournament of the Nigeria Women Football League commenced in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State on Monday.