Eskilstuna United of Sweden head coach, Magnus Karlsson has stated delight with the club’s ability to snatch Super Falcons’ midfield battler, Halimat Ayinde from lower division side, Asarums IF.
Footballlive.ng gathered that Karlsson is excited that Ayinde will team up with fellow-Falcons midfielder, Ngozi Okobi in his squad, where he believes the former Delta Queens ace will bring to bear on the team her deep level of experience, speed and technique.
Karlssson revealed further that Ayinde has a one year contract with Eskilstuna till December 2019.
The coach noted too that she played a crucial role in Nigeria’s midfield alongside Okobi and Rita Chikwelu, as the Falcons won the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Ghana.
Following her outstanding performance at the competition, Ayinde was approached by the Swedish side, where she will again partner Okobi, who joined the same club in 2018.
On her part, Ayinde moved from Delta Queens of Asaba in the Nigerian Women’s Football League (NWFL) to Asarums IF in the lower division, Swedish Elitettan.
Ayinde helped her former club avoid relegation, with 22 appearances, four goals and seven assists, all of which Karlsson said motivated their move for her, as they had monitored the midfield battler for a while.
Karlsson said: “We’ve been watching Ayinde since she came to Asarum and it’s an interesting one player.
“We have seen her in a couple of matches and met her on two occasions as part of the recruitment process.
“She has good speed and good technique. She can play in multiple places but is best in an offensive role in the midfield or in the attack.”