AWCON 2022: Super Falcons drawn against South Africa, Burundi and Botswana

The Super Falcons will begin their AWCON title defense with a match against South Africa in Group C.

The Super Falcons will begin their AWCON title defense with a match against South Africa in Group C.

Nigeria won their 11th championship in 2018 after defeating South Africa.

The 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (AWCON) draw has been completed, with South Africa, Burundi, and Botswana placed in Group C alongside 11-time African champions Nigeria.

CAF Director of Competitions Samson Adamu, Cameroon and Inter Milan striker Ajara Nchout, as well as Morocco’s former minister of sports Nawal El Moutawakel, performed the drawings at the Mohamed VI Complex in Rabat, Morocco.

CAF gave seeded teams Morocco, Cameroon, and the Super Falcons automatic positions in Groups A, B, and C, respectively, ahead of the draw on Friday.

The top two teams from each group will go to the quarter-finals automatically, while the third-place team will compete for a spot in the last eight as one of the two best losers.

The Super Falcons qualified for the AWCON in February after defeating Cote d’Ivoire 3-0 on aggregate. They will now focus on the competition in Morocco.

Nigeria is the defending champions and have won the title three times in a row, having won the event in 2014, 2016, and 2018, and has won the AWCON an unprecedented 11 times.

In Morocco, up to 15 players from Nigeria’s AWCON roster might make their tournament debut.

The 2022 showcase will be the first time that 12 teams compete in the women’s continental event, up from 8 in previous tournaments.

The tournament, which will take place in Morocco from July 2 to 23, 2022, will also serve as an African qualifier for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2023.

The top four teams at the AWCON will automatically qualify for the World Cup with two more teams, proceeding to the inter-confederation play-offs to seek a place in the Australia-New Zealand-hosted tournament.

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Randy Waldrum speaks on Nigeria’s ambition to emulate Canada

This is part of the process to get to where a team like Canada or a top team in the world is at. – Randy Waldrum

Randy Waldrum speaks on Nigeria’s ambition to emulate Canada

The Super Falcons of Nigeria lost by a two goal margin to Tokyo Olympics champions, Canada at Vancouver.

Jessie Flemming opened the scoring in the 51st minute and Vanessa Gilles padded the home side’s lead with a goal in the 72nd.

The Super Falcons missed some players on the night and their absence was felt in the game.

When asked about what he (Randy Waldrum) thought of the result game despite missing key players like Asisat Oshoala, Francisca Ordega and co.

He said: “This is part of the process to get to where a team like Canada or a top team in the world is at.

“Canada didn’t just arrive here overnight either so we get to understand that the result in a friendly against a team with top quality like this is not as important as the quality of play.

“Obviously everyone wants to get a result when they step on the field. This will make us better, cause we had to play some younger players.

“You mentioned Asisat, we didn’t have Vivian as well, we didn’t have Ihuezu who plays for us upfront, Osinachi Ohale who plays at the back.

“So we can in one way justify that it wasn’t a full squad, but the good thing is that we try to teach our players that we play with what we have and it’s definitely going to prepare us for AWCON.”

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NFF appoint Randy Waldrum as head coach of the Super Falcons

64-year old American, Randy Waldrum has been announced by the NFF as the new head coach of the Super Falcons.

64-year old American, Randy Waldrum has been announced by the NFF as the new head coach of the Super Falcons. The news of an appointment comes with a sigh of relief, as many Nigerian football fans have been waiting for news on a coach, since Thomas Dennerby quit the Super Falcons after the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Waldrum is a very experienced manager, who has spent most of his career coaching in the United States of America. He has coached in 5 different universities, and won 2 National Championships. Waldrum has also coached professionally, as he was Head Coach of Trinidad and Tobago women’s team between 2014 and 2016.

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CHESTER, PA – OCTOBER 24: Coach Randy Waldrum of Trinidad & Tobago walks on the field prior to the game against Costa Rica in the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship semifinal game on October 24, 2014 at PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Waldrum is in fact no stranger to Nigerian football in certain ways. He was appointed technical adviser and head coach of the Super Falcons in 2017, but turned down the role.

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