Waldrum facing further scrutiny over Nigeria future after failed women’s Afcon title defence

Head coach Randy Waldrum is set to face scrutiny following his unsuccessful title campaign with the Nigeria senior women’s national team at the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) in Morocco.

The 65-year-old has come under heavy criticism from fans after his team lost 1-0 to Zambia to miss out on the bronze medal in the third-place play-off fixture at Stade Mohammed V in Casablanca.

An own goal by goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, after failing to deal with a ferocious effort from Evarine Katongo, enabled the Copper Queens to clinch the bronze medal and hand the Super Falcons third third defeat in the 12-nation tournament.

The Super Falcons went into the tournament as defending champions, suffered a 2-1 defeat in their Group C opener against South Africa, before recovering to beat Botswana 2-0 and then hammer Burundi 4-0 to reach the quarter-finals.

They went on to defeat Cameroon 1-0 in the last eight and then came up against hosts Morocco, who dashed their final dream after a 5-4 penalty shootout win following a 1-1 draw in normal and extra-time.

The performance marked the lowest ever in the Super Falcons’ WAFCON history, being the worst by a team in the history of the competition, having lost three matches for the first time and such outing elicited anger among fans on social media, who have called for the NFF to fire the American coach.

Waldrum facing scrutiny

And on Thursday, Amaju Pinnick led board have resolved to heed to the yearning of Nigerian fans as they vowed to evaluate Waldrum and his team’s outing following an Executive Committee meeting.

“The Executive Committee of the Nigerian Football Federation has directed its Technical and Development Sub-Committe to make an evaluation of the technical abilities of Super Falcons coach, Randy Waldrum and his ability, along with his crew to lead the team to a good performance at the World Cup,” the statement read.

“Following a detailed presentation by the Head of Delegation of Nigeria team to the 12th Women Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco, Ms. Aisha Falode, the Executive Committee directed its Technical and Development Sub-Committee to hold a meeting and make recommendations on the way forward for the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons, including but not limited to a thorough evaluation of the capability of the coaching crew to lead the team to a creditable performance at the FIFA World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand next year.”

The development casts doubt on Waldrum’s future in charge of the Super Falcons as he is set to lead the team against the USWNT in a doubleheader on September 3 and 6 respectively in the United States.

In the meantime, Waldrum has sent out invitations to players

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