Halimatu Ayinde: Nigeria star leaves Eskilstuna United for Swedish champions Rosengard

Swedish champions Rosengard has completed the permanent signing of Nigeria international Halimatu Ayinde, on a three-year deal, SavidNews can authoritatively confirm.

The Nigerian striker joined the Swedish outfit from rivals with Eskilstuna United after turning down offer to extend her stay at Tunavallen with two months left on her contract, which expires this November.

During her four-season spell, Ayinde consistently made huge impact throughtout her stay, notably in the 2020 season when she was named Eskilstuna United Player of the Season, including several POTM awards.

On Friday, the Damallsvenskan title holders confirmed the long awaited signing of the Super Falcons star, who will be suiting up in the jersey number 4 ahead of her arrival at the Malmo IP next week.

“Welcome to FC Rosengård, Halimatu Ayinde,” Rosengard wrote on Instagram.

“FC Rosengård is a top club and I’m really looking forward to having the opportunity to represent it!”
💬 @halimatuayinde

“Ayinde joins the team next week and will play with the number 4 on his back.”

The development brings an end to the four-season journey of the 27-year-old midfielder in the City of Eskilstuna which she arrived in November 2019 after a season spell at Elitettan side Asarums IF.

Before her move to the Eskilstuna, the Nigerian helped Asarums to safety in the Elitettan, scoring four goals, seven assists in 22 appearances, having arrived from Belarusian giants Minsk in 2018.

At international level, the former Delta Queens star was part of Nigeria’s campaign at the 2015 and 2019 Women’s World Cup editions and is a three-time winner of the Africa Women’s Nations Cup at Ghana, with her fourth appearance at Morocco 2022.

Since moving abroad in 2015, the Kaduna YSFON product featured for NWSL side Western New York Flash in the US and will now continue her professional journey in Sweden where she has been since 2018.

With her latest transfer, Ayinde will become the second Nigerian in history to play for the Swedish giants after compatriot Anam Imo enjoyed a two-season stint at the club before she left for Pitea in 2021.

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