The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has announced the appointment of Randy Waldrum as head coach of the Nigeria women’s national team, the Super Falcons.
According to FIFA.com, Waldrum has a vast amount of experience coaching women’s soccer specifically in the USA from the college and university level and at the professional level. The Texas native was the first coach for National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) expansion side Houston Dash in 2014 and was in charge for three seasons.
The 64-year-old also has coaching experience at international level. He was in charge of Trinidad and Tobago from 2014 to 2016, where he led them to a fourth-placed finish at the 2014 Concacaf Women’s Championship, and within touching distance of 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup™ qualification.
In a statement released on his official Twitter account, NFF President Amaju Melvin Pinnick said: “For the Super Falcons, I’m happy to announce that Randy Waldrum will be the man tasked with taking our women to the next level. Waldrum was one of over 40 coaches interviewed by our consultants, Phillips Consulting, with that list pruned to four & Waldrum getting the job.
“I’m hopeful that our coach will turn our dominance on the continent to dominance worldwide. Hopefully, with a new man in charge, our women can start proper preparations for football again.”
According to the member association’s official website, Waldrum will work alongside former Super Falcons goalkeeper and captain Ann Chiejine, who will be his first assistant coach, while Wemimo Mathew Olanrewaju will serve as second assistant coach and Auwar Bashir Makwalla will be goalkeeping coach.