BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26: Head coach Randy Waldrum of Nigeria answers questions during a press conference at Brisbane Stadium on July 26, 2023 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Elsa - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

When the Super Falcons played Banyana Banyana in their second leg Paris 2024 Olympics qualifier in Pretoria later today, coach Randy Waldrum was hoping for a more clinical performance from his team.

Rasheedat Ajibade’s penalty kick gave Nigeria the only goal of the first leg at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium on Friday.

The Falcons, leading 1-0, had a string of misses during the match, with Uchenna Kanu, Jennifer Echegini, and Chinwendu Ihezuo being the worst of them.Waldrum also says he is proud of his team’s performance despite their carelessness in the first leg, emphasizing that the Falcons need to play with the same intensity if they want to win their fourth Olympic ticket in history.

Before the game, Waldrum remarked, “I think where we (the Falcons) did not perform at our best was finishing.””Again, it is just one of those things, but I would have loved it if we had scored two goals; a third would have been even better.

Nevertheless, we still need to play the second leg and take a chance even after scoring a few goals.”South Africa can score more than one goal, so we still need to have the same mentality if we want to get good results.

“Nigeria will be making their fourth appearance at the Olympics if they defeat their hosts and join world champions Spain, Brazil, and Japan in Group C of the Women’s Football Tournament of the Paris 2024 Olympics.

Nigeria enters the game with the mentality of having won all seven of their trips to South Africa.

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