Randy Waldrum went on his Twitter on Monday to accept the job as Nigeria’s Women National Team coach, expressing joy at the opportunity but mysteriously disabled his account shortly afterwards.
The Nigeria Football Federation had announced the appointment of Randy Waldrum as the new Head Coach of the Super Falcons, even though the announcement brought more questions than answers.
“Waldrum, an American who played as a midfielder, has worked largely within the American women football circle and was head coach of the Trinidad and Tobago national team between 2014 and 2016.
“He will work with former Super Falcons’ goalkeeper and captain Ann Chiejine, who is the first Assistant Coach, while Wemimo Mathew Olanrewaju will serve as second Assistant Coach and Auwar Bashir Makwalla will be goalkeepers’ trainer,” The NFF statement read.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick thanked Philips Consulting, the executors of the recruitment processs, and said he has confidence that the new technical crew will take the Super Eagles to brand new heights.
“The predominance of the Super Falcons on the African continent has never been in doubt, with nine titles out of 11 editions of the Women AFCON competitions held so far. We envision a new Super Falcons squad competing favourably for laurels at the global level, and I believe the new technical crew led by Mr. Waldrum can take us to that level,” Pinnick said.
Not long after, on his twitter, @CoachWaldrum, he wrote, “Very excited to head up the #NigerianWomenNationalTeam and look forward to working with this amazing team! Gives me a chance to reconnect with some of the players I know! Big thanks to Pitt for allowing me the flexibility to work with them! #SuperFalcons #H2P.
Questions regarding the seeming part time nature of his job came up and how he made it out of the screening process, considering that Amaju Pinnick had tweeted that more than forty candidates were interviewed for the job.
On twitter, Amaju Pinnick said, “For the Super Falcons, I’m happy to announce that Randy Waldrum will be the man tasked with taking our Women to the next level. Waldrum was one of over forty coaches interviewed by our consultants, Phillips Consulting, with that list pruned to four & Waldrum getting the job.”
Shortly after what seemed like an acceptance tweet on Twitter, Waldrum disabled his account. There is also no official word from the Nigeria Football Federation on his status as the new Super Falcons coach.
He however, explained to Goal.com why he disabled his twitter,
“As for my social media, I’m working on one for the Super Falcons now,” he said.
“I hope to have it up very soon. I’m looking forward to meeting you and all the others very soon.”
The Super Falcons have been without a coach since the last quarter of 2019 after Thomas Dennerby left the job.