FIFA beams light on Onome Ebi, at Women’s World Cup

FIFA beams light on Onome Ebi, at Women’s World Cup


Super Falcons defender, Onome Ebi is among the ‘history makers’ at the on-going France 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Despite going down 0-3 to Norway in their opening Group A match on Saturday, Ebi made history as the first African player to appear at five World Cups.

At the Stade Auguste Delaune, 36-year old Ebi walked into the record books, as she became the first African player, man or woman, to appear at five World Cups.

Ebi feels proud in accomplishing an incredible feat of consistency, resilience and longevity.

“Playing in my fifth World Cup is really, really amazing, and I worked hard for it,” she told FIFA.com. “I thank God it has come to pass. I would say I’m enjoying it.

Onome Ebi’s long association with the FIFA Women’s World Cup started at USA 2003.

While she played less than 15 minutes in the tournament, Ebi demonstrated enough talent to pave the way for her to become a mainstay of the Nigerian defence through 2007 in China, 2011 in Germany and 2015 in Canada.

Ebi is utilising those years of accumulated wisdom ahead of a vital game against Korea Republic tomorrow.

“I didn’t expect what happened [against Norway] but it’s football – you lose some and you win some.”

Source: The Guardian

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