Olympics Qualifiers: Waldrum confident ahead of Nigeria vs South Africa showdown

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Super Falcons coach Randy Waldrum is full of confidence that his team will overcome South Africa’s hurdles for a place at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Nigeria are hoping to break a 16-year jinx at the expense of the reigning African champions and qualify for the women’s football event for the first time since 2008.

The last time both countries played each other was at the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations which ended 2-1, in favour of Banyana Banyana.

Waldrum acknowledged the quality in Desiree Ellis’ squad, however, he is upbeat about Nigeria’s chances to qualify.

“South Africa have a very good side, they are defending African champions and we have to respect them,” the American coach said.

“They have a lot of individual talents in attack, where they are dangerous and the coach has them very organised but I have a lot of confidence in my players.

“This team is generational, no disrespect to the other teams, the talent and the depth that is coming into the team, which we saw in Australia at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, against some of the best teams in the world.

“We can continue to move on and be a major player on the world stage. This team is special and we can be one of the best teams in the world.”

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