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Reason Why Waldrum May Not Continue As Super Falcons Coach

Super Falcons head coach Randy Waldrum may not continue as the head coach of the national women’s team after October.

Waldrum wasn’t in charge when the Super Falcons were held to a 1-1 draw by the Ethiopian Lucy on Wednesday afternoon.

The Ethiopia ladies drew the first blood when they scored in the sixth minute of the game through a Birkie Amare strike. Efforts to restore parity in the first-half by the Nigerian ladies proved abortive, as the hosts held their positions.

However, the nine-time African champions, responded and restores parity, few minutes into the second-half through a Rasheedat Ajibade stunner. Efforts by both teams to secure the maximum crucial points proved abortive, and it ended in stalemate at the Abebe Bikila Stadium.

Nigeria would have stolen the day when Ifeoma Onumonu scored in the stoppage time; sadly, the goal was ruled out for offside.

Meanwhile reacting after the game, the Stand-in coach, Justin Madugu said they came with the aim of winning but it didn't come out as expected.

Reacting about the result Madugu the former Adamawa United chief coach, vowed that the Super Falcons will overcome the East Africans in the return leg on Sunday.

“It wasn’t an easy game because the Ethiopians also ensured they got something from the game,” Madugu said.

“We came with the aim of winning, but it didn’t come out as expected. We will ensure we get a better result at home.” He said.

According to a British journalist Osasu Obayiuwana, Waldrum had written to his employers Nigeria Football Federation NFF, about the Ethiopia clash.

In the said letter, which wasn’t made public, the American stated he can only feature for the Olympics qualifier Matchday 1 in Ethiopia. But would like to be excused from the second leg, as he hopes to be in America for an unavoidable reasons(not made public).

However the NFF, refused the prayers, telling the Pittsburgh Panthers coach to stay back in the US if he can’t oversee the two-legged tie.

Why Waldrum was absent for Super Falcons against Ethiopia

“Waldrum is going through some very challenging personal problems, the details of which, out of respect for his privacy, I will not fully disclose,” Osasu said in a post on his Twitter now X handle.

“In the light of these problems, Waldrum told the federation, in a letter that he wrote to them, that he could only manage the first game against Ethiopia in Addis Ababa. But would not be available for the return leg in Nigeria, as he had to be back in the U.S., to attend to an emergency.”

He added, “He was told by the NFF, after waiting 11 days for a reply, that if he could not handle both games, he shouldn’t bother coming at all.”

Meanwhile, Randy when contacted refused to make any statement as to the reason why he’s yet to agree and sign a contract extension with the NFF.

“Check with the NFF,” the American said when asked about his contract extension talks with the NFF.

“Any news needs to come from them,” he added.

Based on the above, Randy may likely not continue as Falcons coach after his contract expires in four days time.

Also, it was gathered, that five out of his seven months unpaid salaries have been settled. And most probably when he’s fully paid, a contract extension talks will die a natural death.

The Last time the American Coach was with the Super Falcons was at the 2023 FIFA women's world cup tournament in Australia and New Zealand earlier this year, where the Super Falcons of Nigeria crashed out of the tournament after losing 4-2 on penalties to the Lionesses of England the eventual runner up in the Round of 16.

The Super Falcons led by the Stand-in coach, Justin Madugu will now look to do what they couldn't do in Ethiopia on an home soil as they face Ethiopia in the return fixture on Tuesday 31st of October 2023.

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