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Paris 2024: Super Falcons battle ready for Bayana Bayana – Waldrum

Despite his optimism, Waldrum acknowledged the strength of the Banyana Banyana.

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The Nigerian female football team, the Super Falcons, are battle-ready to face South Africa’s Banyana Banyana in the first leg of the final round qualifier for the 2024 Olympic Games.

Head Coach Randy Waldrum was confident in his team’s picking the Olympic ticket.

The American called his players a “generational team” with the talent and depth to compete with the best in the world.

He said: “This team is a generational team; there is no disrespect to the other teams, the talent, and the depth that is coming into the team, which we saw in Australia (the FIFA Women’s World Cup) against some of the best teams around the world.

“We can continue to move on and be a major player on the world stage.
This team is special, and we have the ability to be one of the best teams in the world.”

Despite his optimism, Waldrum acknowledged the strength of the Banyana Banyana.

“South Africa are a very good side; they are defending African champions, and we have to respect them,” he remarked.

He highlighted their individual talent and organised approach but also emphasised his confidence in his own players’ abilities to deliver on the highly coveted Olympic Games women’s football ticket.

As of Wednesday morning, 19 players had already reported to the Super Falcons camp in Abuja.

The list includes Jiwuaku Linda, Okeke Chidinma, Oladipo Shukurat, Nnadozie Chiamaka, Ohale Osinachi, Toni Payne, Kanu Uchenna, Monday Gift, Abiodun Deborah, Echegini Jennifer, and Ucheibe Christy.

Others are Halimatu Ayinde, Michelle Alozie, Nicole Payne, Rinsola Babajide, and Ifeoma Onumonu.

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