World Cup Squad: Why I Rejected Player NFF Imposed On Me – Super Falcons Coach


Super Falcons coach Randy Waldrum has said that he rejected the player Nigeria Football Federation imposed on him because he never knew the home-based goalkeeper.

The NFF had wanted him to groom shine based goalkeeper like Chiamaka Nnadozie was groomed but the American tactician preferred inviting foreign-based goalkeeper, Yewande Balogun.

The American gaffer recently suffered criticism after he omitted midfielder Ngozi Okobi and Regina Otu from the team he selected for the World Cup following unavailability of Rasheedat Ajibade and Halimatu Ayinde in the first match at the World Cup against Canada.

The coach in an outburst in the media said, “They wanted me to pick a goalkeeper from Nigeria for the world cup that I have never seen, and has never been in one of our camps, I said, no, that my contract says I pick my teams, so they retaliated and said I can’t take my assistant coach.

He continued, ”After the loss in Morocco (WAFCON 2022), the players hadn’t been paid so they boycotted training before the match against Zambia.

“My backup goalkeeper (Tochukwu Oluehi) spoke to the federation about not getting paid and they didn’t like how she spoke, so they dismissed her from the national team. They eventually let her back only if she wrote an apology letter.”