Despite the defeat to South Africa in the opening Group C game at the ongoing Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria’s head Coach Randy Waldrum said he picked vital lessons from the game.
Waldrum’s side had a game to forget as they were exposed by South Africa, who played with a lot of determination and were very organized.
Desiree Ellis’ team scored twice in two minutes thanks to Jermaine Seoposenwe and Hildah Magaia in the 60th and 62nd minutes to destabilize their opponents.
The Falcons switched the gear late on in the game and eventually got a goal in the 92nd minute, thanks an emphatic finish from Striker Rasheedat Ajibade.
“Despite the loss, we are still positive in camp. It is obviously the first game of the tournament, so we have to go back and regroup,” Waldrum said.
“We have to increase our urgency in the fighting spirit because we are encouraged by it.
“We have to play the way we played in the last 10-15 minutes so that we get going,” explained the Super Falcons Coach.
South Africa are second in Group C ahead of their next game against Burundi on July 7, while Nigeria take on group leaders Botswana on the same day.
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