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Injury Sidelines Super Falcons Midfielder, Halimat Ayinde, From 2024 Olympics

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After the eagerly anticipated announcement of Nigeria’s Super Falcons squad for the upcoming 2024 Olympics in Paris, the team has been dealt a significant blow with the news that midfielder Halimat Ayinde will miss the tournament due to injury.

Ayinde, a pivotal figure in the Nigerian national team setup, suffered a knee injury during a training session with her Swedish club, Rosengård.

The club confirmed the unfortunate development via their social media channels, expressing their support for the player and wishing her a speedy recovery.

“Halimat Ayinde injured her knee during training and will miss the Olympics. We wish her a speedy recovery,” Rosengård’s statement read.

The 29-year-old midfielder, known for her tenacity and skill on the field, has been an integral part of the Super Falcons in recent years.

Her absence will undoubtedly leave a void in the team’s midfield, where her experience was expected to play a crucial role in Nigeria’s quest for Olympic success.

Ayinde took to social media to announce her disappointment at missing out on the Olympics.

“With a heavy heart, I announce I won’t be part of the Super Falcons for the Olympics. I’m deeply grateful to FC Rosengård and my teammates for their support and love.

“Best of luck to my fellow Super Falcons. I’ll be cheering for you and will return stronger. Go Super Falcons!!” Ayinde wrote on her X page.

Ayinde’s career has been marked by numerous achievements and contributions to Nigerian football.

She first made her mark on the international stage during the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada with the Falconets back in 2014.

Since then, she has been a consistent presence in the Super Falcons squad, participating in major tournaments including the Women’s World Cup in France and the recently jointly hosted tournament by Australia and New Zealand.

Her experience and skill have been particularly evident in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, where she has represented Nigeria in two editions, contributing significantly to the team’s success.

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