Paris 2024: Super Falcons star, Ayinde vows to bounce back from injury

Paris 2024: Super Falcons star, Ayinde vows to bounce back from injury

Injured Super Falcons star, Halimat Ayinde is optimistic she will emerge stronger from her latest injury setback.

Ayinde was forced to pull out of Nigeria’s squad for the 2024 Olympic Games after sustaining an injury in training at her Swedish club, Rosengard.

The 29-year-old has struggled to stay on her feet in recent times missing crucial games for club and country.

Reacting to the unfortunate incident, the defensive midfielder vowed to bounce back from the injury.

Ayinde also eulogised her club and teammates for their unwavering support.

“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 account.

Super Falcons head coach, Randy Waldrum is expected to name a replacement for the player in his squad for the games.

Ayinde’s withdrawal is coming a few days after the official announcement of the Super Falcons squad for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Aside from featuring at the U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada with the Falconets in 2014, Ayinde was also part of the Super Falcons at the Women’s World Cup in France and the recently jointly hosted tournament by Australia and New Zealand.

The 29-year-old has also featured in two editions of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

With the Olympics approaching, head coach Randy Waldrum will need to name a replacement for Ayinde. The frontrunners for the spot include Jumoke Alani, Ifeoma Onumonu, Gift Monday, and Morufa Ademola who are on the alternate list released on Wednesday.

Waldrum’s initial selection for the Paris Games included a mix of seasoned veterans and promising youngsters. Captain Rasheedat Ajibade, goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie, and defender Osinachi Ohale bring experience to the squad alongside star forward Asisat Oshoala who will be leading the attack.

The Super Falcons will begin their preparations for the Olympics with a two-week training camp in Sevilla, Spain.

Their quest for Olympic gold gets underway on 25 July against Brazil at the Stade Bordeaux.

They will then face Spain at the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes on 28 July followed by their final group stage match against Japan at the same venue on 31 July.