Super Falcons coach, Randy Waldrum, has asserted that his team is underestimated and underappreciated despite their terrific campaign at the ongoing 2023/World Cup.
The Super Falcons lead the Group B of the 2023 FIFA World after a goalless draw against Olympic champions Canada and coming from a goal down defeat host Canada.
With a win against the already elimated side Republic of Ireland on Monday, the Falcons will make it to the knock round.
“I would say that we were underestimated and underappreciated,” the 66-year-old said on the eve of their meeting in Brisbane with the Irish.
“Hopefully, we’ve proven that to the world right now that we belong in a higher place (than 40th).”
Defender Michelle Alozie agreed to Waldrums assertion:
“With regards to Canada, the last game we played against them outside of the World Cup we tied them 2-2 and I think a lot of people forget to acknowledge that,” she said.
“We’ve been building this entire time, the last two years that I’ve been on the team, and so when we came to Australia we felt very confident.
“We felt we had a game plan and all we had to do was execute it, especially on the counterattacks, which we did.
“So although it might have been a surprise for the rest of the world… we worked really hard for that, so it wasn’t much of a shock to us.”