By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
After a superb display in her FIFA Women’s World Cup debut match against Canada in Melbourne, Nigeria midfielder, Halimatu Ayinde has described Deborah Abiodun as the next superstar.
Abiodun was sent off for a poor challenge against the Canadians but managed to put up a superb display in the middle of the pack for the Super Falcons during the 0-0 draw encounter.
And the Sweden champion with Rosengard, who missed the opener against the Olympic champions due to a suspension, cannot hide her admiration for the University of Pittsburgh midfielder.
“I was proud of her performance, being that she’s just 19 years of age and could perform the way she did,” Halimatu Ayinde told NigeriaFootball
“She’s a great and talented midfielder. She is just the next superstar. I told her to be proud of herself and her performance and that she should forget about the red card and focus on her development.”
The former Rivers Angels captain missed Thursday’s historic 3-2 win over co-host Australia due to her straight red card against Canada and is now expected to return against debutants Ireland.
If the Super Falcons reach the Round of 16, Abiodun is also likely to play a crucial role in the middle of the pack for the nine-time African champions amidst injury concerns to Ayinde.
Another tough encounter awaits Nigeria with a likely meeting with either European champions, England, Denmark, or Asian champions, China in the next round.