Nigeria’s WNT head coach, Randy Waldrum admits his side has a big challenge qualifying from their World Cup Group.
The Super Falcons are drawn against co-host Australia, Canada and Republic of Ireland in Group B of the tournament.
Waldrum and his team are currently in Turkey, preparing for the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which starts in June 20.
“Many people have our group ranked as the hardest in the World Cup. The other three teams are all ranked in the top 25 in the world. They all pose different kinds of problems.
“Just like Canada, Australia has so many stars. They have Sam Kerr leading the line and a host of really, really talented players behind her. And if that’s not going to be hard enough, they’re the host nation, so we’ve got a lot to overcome.
Waldrum also highlighted the need for his team to return to form quickly.
“It’s going to be a very, very big challenge for us. Obviously, as a coach, I look forward to these challenges and I think our players also will, but clearly it will be very difficult for us.
“Look at Australia’s recent performances. They’re handling strong opposition pretty easily. Australia are flying right now and, in a World Cup at home, they’re sure to be flying.”
The Falcons will engage Haiti at the Emir Sports Complex in Antalya on Friday, before trading tackles with New Zealand at the Mardan Sports Complex, also in Antalya, next Tuesday.
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