Super Falcons coach Waldrum Must learn from the manner in which Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa is being employed in matches as well as ex-captains Stephen Keshi and Joseph Yobo.
Musa who is the captain and arguably the most capped Super Eagles player with 106 appearances does not get a starters shirt all the time.
Considering his age, there are times when he has to come from the bench to allow the younger ones play, this is to ensure that he carries the younger players along and yet give room for proper transition in the future.
The consistent starting of Super Falcons captain Onome Ebi is one tactical error which Waldrum need to look into. She may be the captain, but at 39, Ebi may not be able to cope with pacy attackers just like it was observed in the Group C opener against Banyana Banyana.
In the Aisha Buhari Cup final where South Africa defeated Nigeria 4-2 to clinch the title, Ebi was caught severally by the Banyana Banyana attackers, leading to a defeat which made the Banyana Banyana win the maiden edition of that tournament.
That same pattern repeated itself as Banyana Banyana employed youthful front liners to do the damage in the Nigerian defense.
Being a captain of a side does not necessarily mean the player must get a starter shirt, there is more to it as previous captains of Super Eagles have shown that from the way they positioned themselves.
The likes of Stephen Keshi and Joseph Yobo all lifted the AFCON titles in 1994 and 2013 respectively, without commanding a first team shirt at all times. But they ensured that team spirit and togetherness was paramount.
Ahmed Musa who is still Super Eagles captain reached the 106 caps, yet it was not in all matches he was given a starters shirt. Some times he had to come from the bench.
There is an urgent need for Coach Waldrum to give the younger defenders in the team a trial ahead of our next two clashes against Botswana and Burundi, while Ebi can still operate from the bench and come in when it’s necessary to help stabilize the team.