Super Falcons coach, Randy Waldrum has withdrawn his statement about negative media by Nigeria press stating that it wasn’t the message he intended to pass across and he regretted the comment.
The head coach had attacked the Nigerian media at the post-match conference of Thursday’s win against Bostwana.
However, Nigeria Football Federation immediately cautioned him, saying the statement was defacing an institution that is the most vibrant in Africa, in terms of structure and performance.
Randy Waldrum apologized for his comments, “The comments are regrettable and I withdraw them in entirety. Actually, I will say the statement did not come out the way I intended. I hold the media everywhere, including Nigeria, in high regard and I only wish they could be a little more empathetic to us when we lose or draw matches.
“I know Nigerians love their football teams and want the teams to win all the time. They can still be supportive while criticizing us in a constructive way. The truth is that I am keen that nothing distracts the team at this point. I apologize for the way it has come out and the fact that I have hurt a critical sector of Nigeria society.”
The gaffer also made it clear that the Super Falcons are in the competition to win and not just to be part of the four teams that will qualify for the World Cup from Arica.
“We know what the Women Africa Cup means to Nigerians and we remain fully focused despite the opening-day setback. We are determined not only to win a ticket to the FIFA World Cup but also to retain the trophy that Nigeria has won nine times previously.”
Super Falcons will play Burundi in the last group stage game on Sunday by 9pm WAT. A win will seal qualification to the quarter finals.