Ibrahim Gusau, the President, Nigeria Football Federation, Ibrahim Gusau, has issued a new with Super Falcons coach Randy Waldrum , after his contract expired October 31, 2023.
The assistant coach of the Super Falcons, Justin Madugu has been in charge of the squad on interim basis, leading to speculations that the American and the federation may have parted ways.
Randy was appointed by the NFF in 2020 and guided the Falcons to the semi-finals of the 2022 WAFCON in Morocco and the 2023 Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, where the falcons performed brilliantly.
Although, the shenanigans between NFF and Waldrum had been at daggers drawn after the coach accused the body of misusing the $960,000 FIFA grant meant for the Falcons World Cup preparation.
However, Gusau said the federation had reached an agreement with the coach for a contract extension following protracted talks, adding that the coach’s insistence on bringing his assistant, as well as improved allowances, delayed the process.
The NFF boss said the deal would now likely be sealed on Thursday, before the federation’s delegation travelled for the AFCON 2023 in Ivory Coast.
“We had a lot of discussions with Waldrum and I think he’s agreed (to a contract). We had issues before the World Cup, about who he wanted in the team, but in the contract of NFF and Waldrum, there’s nowhere it is stated that Waldrum has the right to come with any assistant,” Gusau stated.
During talks for a new contract, he brought up the woman’s issue, saying he wants her in the team but I told him we don’t want her because I know her condition.
“He talked about increment of his allowances and we said no. as far as I’m concerned, the Falcons didn’t surpass their highest level of performance at the World Cup, a quarter-final outing. So, he didn’t meet the parameter for us to negotiate a new allowance.
“That’s what took place before he finally agreed to go with us. By the grace of God, before we will leave for AFCON, the deal will be concluded.