By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON, Kaduna.
Super Falcons player, Halimatu Ayinde has said that the recently concluded 5-Aside Female Competition she sponsored in Kaduna was aimed at discovering new players who would become stars.
She stated this in an interview in Kaduna, where she explained that it was also aimed at contributing to the community where she was groomed.
Halimatu stressed that there was the need for more hands to be on deck to develop female soccer in the country.
On the standard of the female league in the country compared to that of Belarus where she currently plies her trade, she said the difference is clear.
“You cannot compare the standard of the league here and that of Belarus. There is huge difference in terms of the organisation and payment of players. The Premier League in Nigeria is nothing to write home about,” she said.
On the treatment of the Super Falcons after they won the African Women Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Cameroon, she said the treatment was unfair.
“We were not treated like champions. Even during the build-up and when we were there, nobody came to encourage us,” she said.
Ayinde who started her professional career from Nasarawa Amazons however said that in spite of the treatment, they were grateful for President Muhammadu Buhari for intervening.
On if the unfair treatment would discourage her from playing for Nigeria in the future, she said as a patriotic citizen, she would always be willing to put in her best at ensuring Nigeria remains the best in Africa in female soccer.
At the end of the Halimatu Ayinde 5-Aside competition, Super Qeens emerged champions of the competition.
Classic Queens emerged first runners-up, while Sharp Shooters emerged second runners-up.
They were all presented with trophies and cash prizes. The Best Goalkeeper, Highest Goal Scorer and Most Valuable Player also received cash prizes.