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Morocco 2022: Halimat Ayinde ‘Ecstatic’ To Be Back In Action After Injury Layoff

Super Falcons Midfielder, Halimatu Ayinde says she is happy to be back to the squad, after being out for almost a year, due to injury.

The 27-year-old, Kaduna-born talent has participated in three Women’s Africa Cup Of Nations and won each of them in 2014, 2016, and 2018.

“I feel so happy to be back with the team,” Ayinde said. “I must thank the players and every member of the Super Falcons for the lovely welcome they gave me. It really helped me to feel good on the pitch and want to do more.

Ayinde suffered an injury in May of 2021, during a game for her Swedish Club Eskilstuna United DFF, and missed out on some tourneys the Super Falcons participated in, including the Summer Series in Texas and the Aisha Buhari Cup. The 2021 Eskilstuna United player of the season described her experience and what it looks like to be out for a whole year.

“It was a difficult time for me as a player, and it helped me to grow stronger and more hungrier for success.

“Now, I am focused on doing better in Morocco and helping my team to win the Competition for the 10th time and also qualify for the World Cup in the process. This are my aims for now and I know we can achieve it, together as a team, because we are really working so hard to get the job done.” She concluded.

The Super Falcons are defending Champions of the Women’s African Cup Of Nations and will be defending the title in Morocco later next month.

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Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu

Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu popularly known as tobex is the Vice chairman of Sports writers Association of Nigeria , lagos Chapter. She Is also the Media Spokesperson of the Super Falcons of Nigeria. She is an award winning women's football writer. Tobex is also an ex footballer that was privileged to play in the first NFF organised women's league in 1990 as a player of Hamza Queens. Her last club as an active footballer was Ibom Angels as She paved way to further her education years ago. She is a Federal Government scholar , with a degree in Mass communication, a second degree in Public Relations and Advertising (Communication Studies). She is a Wife and Mother.

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