The absence of Ashleigh Plumptre from the Super Falcons squad has become a recurring topic of discussion, leaving fans and pundits alike wondering about the reasons behind her exclusion.
Super Falcons interim head coach Justin Madugu recently unveiled the squad for the 2024 Women's Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture against Cape Verde. Once again, Plumptre's name was conspicuously absent.
This marks the third consecutive international break that the talented defender has not been called up.
Ashleigh Plumptre's absence from Super Falcons squad: Unraveling the mystery
Ashleigh Plumptre's absence during the first international break after the World Cup in August was attributed to her desire to focus on settling into her new club, Al-Ittihad.
The player, known for her commitment to both club and country, took a break from national duty to dedicate her time and energy to acclimating herself to the new environment.
In the subsequent October international break, Plumptre opted out of joining the Super Falcons squad for the Olympic Qualifications.
In a statement on Instagram, she expressed her support for the team and emphasized the importance of listening to her body to ensure she could contribute her best to the national side in the future.
“Wishing my girls the best of luck in the upcoming Olympic qualifiers. I believe I must listen to my body in order to bring all of myself to this special team,” she wrote.
“Always proud to wear the super falcon green and I look forward to representing the colors again soon. All in good time. Good luck sisters.”
The November international break, however, saw Plumptre's continued absence from the Super Falcons without any public statement from the player regarding the reasons behind her non-participation.
This has led to increased speculation and curiosity among fans who are eager to see the talented defender back in action for her national team.
Outstanding performances in the Saudi Women's Premier League
During her time away from international duty, Ashleigh Plumptre has been making waves in the Saudi Women's Premier League.
The defender not only clinched the Player of the Month award but also secured the Goal of the Month accolade, showcasing her prowess on the field.
Additionally, she demonstrated her scoring ability by netting a remarkable hat-trick.
The defender's stellar performances in the domestic league further underscore her capabilities and raise questions about why she hasn't been a part of the national team setup.
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Her absence, despite her outstanding achievements at club level, adds an element of mystery to the situation.
The void of information surrounding Ashleigh Plumptre's exclusion from the Super Falcons' squad in the November international break has fueled speculation among fans.
With no official statement from the player or the team management, the vacuum of clarity has given rise to various rumors.
Some whispers suggest a strained relationship between Plumptre Madugu, insinuating that the coach may not be a supporter of the talented defender.
However, amidst the rumors, Ashleigh Plumptre seems to be channelling her focus and dedication toward her club commitments.
The lack of official communication leaves room for conjecture, and fans remain eager for insights into the situation to understand the reasons behind this extended absence.
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 weeks ago