The 66 year old American head coach of the Super Falcons, Randy Waldrum, has been rebuffed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) over his comments about the football association.
Waldrum recently named his final squad of 23 players for the record holding winners of the African Cup of Nations.
Why Randy Waldrum Attacked the NFF
Waldrum, who doubles as the head coach of American football side, Pittsburg did not hide his frustration and bore out his hearts in a podcast – Sounding off on soccer with John Krysinsky.
His team has failed to have a two-week camp in the nation’s capital Abuja to build-up for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
How The NFF Owed Players and Try to Force Team Selection
While citing issues of interference from the FA on selection of some players for the team he explained why players boycotted training due to debts.
After the loss in Morocco (WAFCON 2022), the players hadn’t been paid so they boycotted training before the match against Zambia.
My backup goalkeeper (Tochukwu Oluehi) spoke to the Federation about not getting paid and they didn’t like how she spoke so they dismissed her from the national team. They eventually let her back only if she wrote an apology letter.
They wanted me to pick a goalkeeper from Nigeria for the World Cup that I have never seen, has never been in one of our camps. I said no. That my contract says I pick my teams so they retaliated and said that I can’t take my Assistant coach (Lauren Gregg).
NFF Reactions to Randy Waldrum
In a swift response, the NFF spokesperson, Ademola Olajire, has cleared the air on Waldrum’s positions.
Speaking with Journalist, Sam Amodu, the football house said the head coach outbursts are nothing but an after thought and is talking only three days to his team’s departure and noted that he has already named his squad as well.
How The Super Falcons Are Setting Out for The World Cup
This World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand will be Waldrum’s first as a coach as the team are pitched against Canada, Australia, and the Republic of Ireland in a tricky group.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are also hosting the team will on Saturday to a send-forth dinner before they jet out for the World Cup which kicks off by 20 July and ends on 20 August 2023.