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Why Waldrum’s Super Falcons Need To Start Strong Against Canada

Thank God for journey mercies as the Super Falcons entourage informed fans that they landed safely in Australia. It is now time to get to work in whipping the team into shape for the challenges ahead.

Randy Waldrum is a notorious slow starter.

He failed to defeat South Africa in the first game of last year's Afcon whilst recording flat losses against USA and Canada in their first games (in two 2-part series) before coming up stronger in the second games - almost grabbing a victory against Canada and almost forcing USA to a draw.

So, the American must go against his grain and start strong against Canada in 16 days time.

Canada can be beaten - Waldrum’s ladies were close to doing just that last year in Canadian backyard. Australia less so but a result against Ireland is very possible. Then it is likely England in the second round.

Once the ladies get down to business, anything can happen. I am eagerly waiting for Waldrum to arrive and hopefully he will be allowed to come with his sidekick Lauren Gregg.

My ideal starting 11 in a 4-3-3 formation is: Nnadozie, Alozie, Plumptre, Ohale, Demehin, Ucheibe, Payne, Echegini, Monday, Oshoala, Onumonu.

Worryingly, Waldrum stated in an interview that he doesn't know the fitness status of the players he selected.

He said he wanted 3 weeks camping in June in Nigeria to gauge player fitness before picking trimming his final list of 23 but the NFF failed to make it happen.

With Ajibade and Ayinde serving suspensions due to reckless red cards in the Wafcon against Morocco, options in the midfield will be wafer thin if any of Echegini, Payne and Ucheibe report to camp with fitness issues. It will be foolhardy to send rookie Abiodun out against Canada but options maybe limited.

Good luck to the team all the same.

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