Super Falcons Coach Waldrum blames Mauritanian referee Maria Rivet for defeat to Morocco

Super Falcons Coach Waldrum blames Mauritanian referee Maria Rivet for defeat to Morocco

Super Falcons gaffer Randy Waldrum has expressed his disappointment towards the officiating of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-final match between his side and Morocco.

The Super Falcons lost 5-4 on penalties after playing a 1-1 draw in the regulation and extra time at the Stade Prince Moulay Abdallah on Monday.

The holders were at the receiving end of inconsistent decisions from the Mauritanian match official, Maria Rivet.

Super Falcons midfield Halimatu Ayinde was sent off in the 48th minute, but the replay showed the decision was harsh.

Nigeria would later be reduced to nine women in the 71st minute when Rasheedat Ajibade was sent off for a dangerous challenge.

The Moroccans however committed more cynical fouls after, but the Referee failed to punish them and it gave the hosts the desire to attack.

Speaking at the post Match conference, Waldrum insists his team was in firm control before the red cards.

The 65 year-old American coach argued that the officiating influenced the outcome of the game.

“We (Coaches) can’t comment on officiating, we will get into trouble,” Waldrum said in his post-match remarks.

“We were in control of the game until after the first red card, then the second red card, I will put it this way.”

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