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NFF makes U-Turn, to discuss Super Falcons extension with Waldrum


The Nigeria Football Federation is considering extending Randy Waldrum’s stay as the head coach of the Super Falcons, in contrast with the initial decision to sack the American.

The NFF had issued a communique last night after its board meeting in Uyo, in which it stated that there was an ongoing process to appoint new head coaches for all the women’s national teams, including the Super Falcons.

Waldrum had insisted that his contract was not due to be up until October 31 and claimed that he was not aware of his sacking.

“The Nigeria Football Federation has mandated its Technical Committee to hold discussions with Super Falcons’ Head Coach, Randy Waldrum, with a view to extending the latter’s contract with the NFF,” the body said in a press release made available to Naija Times today.

Waldrum, 66, led the nine-time African champions to the round of 16 at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand last month, with the Super Falcons unbeaten in regulation time in any of their four matches, before a penalty shootout defeat by England.

“We have given the Technical Committee the go-ahead to hold talks with Randy Waldrum as we consider an extension of his current contract with the NFF. They have to do this quickly as the team has a Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match next week,” NFF president Ibrahim Gusau said today.

“The man has done well by leading the team to an impressive outing at the FIFA World Cup.”

Waldrum signed a two-year contract with the NFF in 2021, and has led the Super Falcons to a disappointing fourth place finish at the 2022 WAFCON and the impressive outing in Australia.

At the Women’s World Cup, the Super Falcons played draws with Olympic champions Canada and Republic of Ireland and defeated co-hosts Australia in the group stages before losing on penalties to European champions England in the round of 16.

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