By Benjamin Oboh
The Head coach of the Nigerian Super Falcons, Randy Waldrum has reiterated that their quest in the world cup currently ongoing in Australia is not just for the team but for all Nigerians both at home and Abroad.
He noted this while speaking to journalists on the Nigerian Federation Television.
Waldrum applauded well-wishers who sent out goodwill messages to the team and have shown their immense support for the team. “Nigerians should keep supporting us, we appreciate it. Keep sending positive vibes to the team because we are in this all together.”
While speaking on the mood of the team, he noted that the spirit is high and positive among the players. “I think the mood is good. On game day plus 1, we did recovery training for those players that played a lot of minutes and got some yoga, some recovery training in, got them in the pool, the hot and cold tubs and then gave them a little bit of a break in the afternoon to do some shopping and sightseeing around the hotel. It was good for them to be out as they have been so isolated in camp.”
“Our next two matches would be by 8 pm and would be training in the evenings to simulate such conditions. The mood of the camp looks to be in a very good place now.”
Speaking on the game against tournament hosts Australia, Falcons Midfielder, Rasheedat Ajibade noted that “Personally, I am really pumped up for the game and ready to give my 100 percent. It is going to be a difficult game, playing against the host team, playing in a very big stadium with so much crowd. We are going to play against a lot of factors that day but I think we have got this. We have done it against big teams and I trust the whole team. We have the capacity, talent and energy. We need to bring in our “A” game. It’s going to be a very fun game.”
Having missed out in the opening match, Rasheedat noted that she is happy to be back to give her all to the team. “The girls are not romantic at all, it shows how much admonition they have for the game and it shows that they are not ready to joke and so, I am happy to be back and I am happy the team welcomed me and it shows that they value everyone on the team. I’m excited to have my first game in this tournament and I am ready to give it my 100 percent.”
The Super Falcons will take on the Maltildas of Australia on Thursday, 27 July at the Brisbane Stadium.