Coach Randy Waldrum has expressed satisfaction with the quality of players in the Super Falcons’ camp ahead of the African champions’ Turkish Women’s Cup opener against CSKA Moscow’s ladies squad at the Emir Sports Complex, Antalya on Thursday.
“I am really impressed with the group as a whole; I am happy to see players show so much talent. The opportunity to see a lot of players is really important to me especially this year that is not a qualification year.
“I want to expand the net to look at the other foreign-based and local players.”
While admitting that Nigeria has an abundance of talented players, the American tactician asserted that the pool of players must necessarily be expanded to look far and near and get the very best to represent Nigeria.
“We need to give opportunity especially to the young players that are up and coming from the various age-grade National Teams. Some of the players who featured at the last FIFA World Cup are getting older. It is important to develop the young players, give them confidence and get them ready for the next two FIFA World Cups. It is very important to look at the players in the domestic league.”
The former Coach of Trinidad and Tobago looked ahead and stated his vision, saying he wants to build on the accomplishments of the nine-time African champions and see how to push them up as credible contenders for global glory.
“The goal is to consistently qualify from the group stage, have a deep run in the FIFA World Cup and push hard to become champions.”
The Super Falcons will take on CSKA Moscow at the Emir Sports Complex in Antalya on Thursday at 8.30am, before further clashes with the women’s National Team of Uzbekistan on Saturday (5pm) and with Nzalang National of Equatorial Guinea (2008 and 2012 African champions) on Tuesday next week (9am).
NFF partners UK-based company on digitization, technological solutions
The Nigeria Football Federation has approved a proposal by a UK-based global information and communication technology service company, AJ Consult, to embark on the digitalization of certain operations of the Federation alongside developing wholisitc software to solve the general needs of the football-governing body.
AJ Consult prides itself on capacity to offer innovative software development, hardware development, IT outsourcing and consulting services, and “actively helping governments and global corporations to transform and address critical business issues by applying innovative information technology solutions.”
It also has “unparalleled experience and comprehensive capabilities across verticals and business functions,” enabling businesses to “reduce time-to-market and drive transformational growth. Our global delivery and mature engagement models are designed to improve efficiency, governance and predictability. We constantly innovate and implement new methodologies, frameworks and best practices giving our clients the winning edge.”
The company will develop, among other platforms and solutions, all-in-one media/communication platform for media management, technical team platform and a third-party performance monitoring management system, game-day data management system, record management solution in form of e-library and online live media platform for viewers via pay-per-view format.
NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, stated that “the present NFF administration is one that is untiring in seeking new and refreshing ways of doing things, and upscaling its methods and strategies to meet with ever-changing technological demands. This desire for new thinking, new formats and conformity with global best practice in all our operations informed certain decisions and resolutions that have accorded the Pinnick-led NFF remarkable national and international regard, and won it global appeal as it works assiduously towards achieving self-funding.
“Our acceptance of this proposal is based on the need to take our media and communication operations to new levels with the tremendous opportunities available in the digital communication space of today.”