Head Coach of the Super Falcons of Nigeria, Randy Waldrum has apologized for his statement during Thursday’s post-match conference where he made a derogatory comment about the Nigeria media.
Waldrum had described the Nigeria media as being ‘negative’ in theirreports, but the Nigeria Football Federation called him to order, saying the statement was uncomplimentary against an institution that is considered the most vibrant on the African continent in terms of structure and performance.
In his comment, Waldrum said: “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 wants them to win all the time. They can still be supportive while criticizing us in 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 Super Falcons gaffer noted that despite earning three points from two matches, the team are not in any way disoriented and still have the FIFA World Cup ticket and retaining the continental trophy as main interest in Morocco.
“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 the ticket to the FIFA World Cup, but to also retain the trophy that Nigeria has won nine times previously”.
The Super Falcons will take on Burundi on Sunday in Rabat with the hopes of getting the maximum three points which will guarantee them a place in the knockout stage.