She’s one of the best young goalkeepers in the World right now – Randy Waldrum on Nnadozie

Super Falcons head coach Randy Waldrum has heaped praises on Chiamaka Nnadozie following her crucial role in Nigeria’s goalless draw against Canada on Friday morning.

Nnadozie was awarded the Man of the Match after her starring role in the clash against the Olympic Champions, earning the Super Falcons a point.
Waldrum’s Falcons put up a spirited display against the CONCACAF nation in their first game of the 2023 Women’s World Cup at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

The game’s key moment came in the 50th minute when the Paris FC goalkeeper denied Canada’s all-time scorer Christine Sinclair from the penalty spot.

Nnadozie also made other vital saves to keep the Super Falcons in the game. Following this, Waldrum was full of praise for his goalkeeper after the game.

“Chiamaka has done this before, and I will say this, and I will embarrass her in front of you all, but I think she’s one of the best young goalkeepers in the World right now,” Waldrum said.

“Chiamaka’s save really kind of lit the fire and made us realise there’s still something to play for, and that the mountain wasn’t too hard to climb,”

“We have to try to improve our performance but overall I’m pleased with the way the team played and the way we thought we had to play to get a result. I’m pleased and they did perform well in that regard.” The American tactician added.
The draw result now has both Canada and Nigeria trailing Australia with two points. The co-hosts had earlier beaten the Republic of Ireland in the group’s other game.

Randy Waldrum’s side will play Australia in their next game on Thursday, July 31, at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

The hosts will be without star striker Sam Kerr, who has a calf injury. Her absence is a major boost to Nigeria’s chances.

“It happens in football, unfortunately,” Waldrum said of Kerr’s injury. “It’s part of the game but they’re still a really good side.

“I watched their performance against Ireland (a 1-0 win); they’re dangerous with so many different weapons.

“We can’t go into it thinking the game is already won because they don’t have a star player. Our players understand that.”

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