Nigeria Super Falcons manager Randy Waldrum has commended his players following their doggedness to fight for a comeback in their encounter against the Portuguese women at the US Summer Series tournament.
Nigeria, having trailed twice in the contest garnered an overwhelming momentum that geared them towards sharing the spoils with Portugal in their second game of the Summer Series. Rasheedat Ajibade’s late goal completing the job for the Super Falcons in the nick of time.
Pleased with the outcome of the contest, the former Houston Dash manager applauded his team’s display and noted that the players had to fight really hard to secure the great comeback.
“I just think the players fought to the very end and I think that is something we have. I’m really proud of the way they continued the fight and Rash suddenly got us a great goal in added time to pull off a great comeback. Like I said, we were two goals down on two different occasions. Discipline and organisation is very difficult to do against a team like Portugal. So I’m really proud of them,” he said.
The coach further stated in the post match interview that awful communication and poor defending were associated with the Super Falcons performance but assured that urgent attention will be placed at addressing the issue in order to prevent a recurrence of such against a more better and stronger team. Randy Waldrum expressing his dissatisfaction about the lacunae in his team’s defense has these to say:
“We have to clean that up. Actually if you go back and look at the three goals, we really gave all the three goals away. We scored the own goal off the deflection, we didn’t communicate and got a deflection own goal. The second goal was the free kick. We didn’t get a player picked up at the back post and the third goal, we tried to clear but we cleared it short and they picked up the loose ball. It is disappointing for us all that we made those mistakes because you can’t do that against good teams.”
The final encounter in the US Summer Series will see Nigeria pay a visit to Austin on Thursday to take-on the United State team which have been in fine form so far winning their games against Portugal and Jamaica.