2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Why we cancelled Super Falcons camp – NFF
The Nigeria Football Federation's (NFF, Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire, has responded to Super Falcons coach Randy Waldrum’s allegations that the federation is not supportive.
The Daily Post recalls that Waldrum, in a recent podcast interview, stated that his team was not well prepared for next month’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia because of a lack of support from the NFF.
He said the Super Falcons were supposed to camp for 10–12 days in Nigeria before going to Australia for another 10-15 days, but the Federation cancelled the camp in the country.
Reacting, Olajire said the camp in Nigeria was cancelled because Waldrum wanted it for “only home-based professionals (to whom he already gave very little consideration in his provisional list).”
“Like two weeks ago, he released his final list of 23, meaning there was absolutely no need for any home-based camping again except to simply waste resources.
“He knows he will not have Ajibade and Ayinde (two key players) for the opening match against Canada, yet he left out Okobi and Otu from the squad. The NFF felt it would make more sense for the 23 to go straight to Australia and camp for 15–16 days, acclimatizing to the weather and conditions.”
Former Future Eagles media officer, Adepoju Tobi Samuel, who shared the NFF spokesperson’s statement via his Twitter handle on Friday, said Olajire released the statement in response to Waldrum on a sports WhatsApp group.
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