The Nigeria Football Federation on Monday, October 5, 2020, announced the appointment of an American soccer coach, Randy Waldrum, as the new Head Coach of the Nigerian Women’s National Team, the Super Falcons. The eleven-time Africa Women’s Cup of Nations champions have been without a trainer since Thomas Dennerby vacated the post after guiding the team to the second round of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
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Waldrum, 64, was a midfielder during his playing days and previously worked as the chief coach of the U-23 national team of the United States. The American also worked as the Head Coach of the Trinidad and Tobago national team from 2014-2016. Waldrum who is notable for working with American collegiate women’s teams last served as the head coach of the University of Pittsburgh before his appointment as the new coach of the Super Falcons.
In his new role, Waldrum will team up with Nigerian coaches as retired Falcons captain and goalkeeper, Ann Chiejne is set to work as his first assistant, while the second assistant position will be filled by Wemimo Mathew Olanrewaju. The goalkeepers’ trainer post will be handled by Auwar Bashir Makwalla.
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The President of the NFF, Amaju Pinnick, revealed that over 40 coaches were interviewed for the Falcons job which saw Waldrum make the last four before grabbing the job. There are high hopes that the American will see to the continued dominance of the Super Falcons on the continental level, and better representation at the global level due to his vast experience in the world of women’s football.
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