Waldrum backs Falcons to break Olympics jinx

Super Falcons coach, Randy Waldrum, is confident his team will break the jinx of not qualifying for the Olympics when they take on South Africa in their Women’s Olympic Football Tournament African final qualifying playoff but also expressed concerns over the talents the Banyana Banyana have in attack, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

The Falcons have missed three consecutive Olympic Games — London 2012, Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 — since their last appearance in Beijing 2008 and Waldrum adds that his team’s focus is on qualifying for Paris, France later this year.

Nine-time African champions Falcons host reigning African champions South Africa for the first leg at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Friday, with the reverse fixture billed for Pretoria’s Loftus Versfeld Arena next Tuesday.

Both teams head into this tie with a winning streak of five games respectively.

“We’re focused on getting to Paris,” Waldrum said.

“They understand the challenge that’s in front of them. It is time (to qualify for the Olympics after a long time).

“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.”

Waldrum maintained his side respects Banyana Banyana leading into the crunch playoff admitting that they have individual talents in attack.

“South Africa have a very good side, they are defending African champions and we have to respect them,” Waldrum stated.

“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.”

The Falcons have failed to beat Banyana Banyana in their last three games with the South Africans losing twice plus one stalemate.

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