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Randy Waldrum selects Nigeria’s women’s squad for Olympic tournament including Pitt’s Deborah Abiodun

Pitt's Deborah Abiodun was selected to compete with the Nigerian women's soccer team at the upcoming Olympics in Paris (Photo courtesy Nigeria Women's Soccer)

Pitt women’s head coach has turned his attention back to his duties as the manager of the Nigerian women’s soccer team, which have qualified and will be headed to the Summer Olympics in Paris this week.

On Wednesday, the Nigerian Federation announced Waldrum’s selections for his 22-woman roster, which also includes Pitt midfielder Deborah Abiodun.

Less than a year since he guided Nigeria to a successful FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance in Australia, Waldrum returned to guide the Super Falcons to earn a berth in this year’s upcoming Olympic tournament , thanks to a 1-0 aggregate victory in two matches vs the reigning African Cup champions, South Africa in April.

“I am just extremely excited,” Waldrum said afterwards. “I know how much it means to the fans of Nigeria, to the NFF, to all the people of Nigeria not to have qualified for 16 years, so I am very thankful and I just appreciate the support.”

Randy Waldrum ‘extremely excited’ after Nigeria women’s soccer qualified for Olympics for first time since 2008

Abiodun, a rising sophomore at Pitt, also played with the Nigerian squad at last Summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia.

Nigeria will be one of 12 women’s soccer nations, including the United States, who will compete in the Olympic tournament, which is scheduled to take place between July 25-August 10.

The Super Falcons will in four-team group C, which will also include Brazil, Japan and World Cup champions, Spain.

They will kick off round-robin play on July 25, vs Brazil, then face Spain on July 28, and Japan on July 31.

Look for more to come, as Waldrum will be featured as a special guest on the upcoming edition of the Sounding Off on Soccer podcast with Pittsburgh Soccer Now’s John Krysinsky.  

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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