On Wednesday, the Super Falcons will face a big test. It is perhaps one of the biggest tests of Randy Waldrum's time as the coach of the Super Falcons as his team will face Ghana in the AWCON qualifiers.
At the Aisha Buhari Cup in Lagos, the Super Falcons were expected to win the tournament but they had a difficult tournament. They struggled to beat Mali and also lost 4-2 to South Africa in the final game. This time round, the team should turn the loss to motivation.
They performed below expectations in both games and this game against Ghana came at the right time, when the team has been exposed to reality and the coaches know that the game is growing in Africa. There are however gray areas where the coaches can work on. The African football scene has its peculiarities so there should be a blend of Waldrum's US high pressing style and physicality
The Black Queens of Ghana are a strong side and the team should take the game seriously because the AWCON tournament also serves as qualifiers for the world cup
The fans were disappointed the day their darling team lost 4-2 to South Africa. Hopefully, they will also come out in their numbers as CAF would allow, in order to cheer their team to victory.
The fans would love to see a determined Super Falcons team who will give them joy and that is what the team should strive for. There should be little or no margin for error.
Some of the players played below expectations at the Aisha Buhari Cup. This is the time for them to face the serious business of qualification and to restore the confidence that the fans had in them. As they face Ghana, the disappointment they had in Lagos last month and the desire to make things right should spur them to victory
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