Onome Ebi, prison guard from Nigeria

Onome Ebi is the captain of the Nigerian women’s soccer team during the African Cup of Nations in Morocco (CAN 2022). As a 39-year-old, the defender is about to play her seventh CAN final phase, she who made her debut for the Super Falcons with the 2003 World Cup.

From our special correspondent in Rabat,

When Onome Ebi looks at you, six participants in the Women’s African Cup of Nations and especially five in the World Cup (record for an African) look at you. The 39-year-old defender, who played in his first World Cup in 2003, is an icon on the continent.

In Morocco, those who have been African champions four times (2010, 2014, 2016, 2018) seek a fifth crown. And she is approaching this CAN 2022 with intact motivation. “I’m always ready to fight, she slides soberly, like her tackles. The national team will not be part of the group if you are not sufficiently prepared. And then, as an experienced and oldest, I have to motivate my teammates. As a moment of experience, we must push the girls to give the best of themselves. All this experience will be valuable for the selection.

Witness the development of women’s football in Africa With Super Falcons, Onome Ebi has experienced a bit of everything. But those who played in the championships in Sweden, Turkey, Belarus and China, never get tired of observing the development of African women’s football. “The level rises from year to year,” assesses the now former resident of FC Minsk. For example, we can not even compare the 2018 edition with this one. This year, everything is impressive.

After knowing the African Cups with eight teams, the interested party will therefore discover the final phases of CAN with twelve countries. Will she also taste the first World Cup for women at 32? She hopes to be in Australia and New Zealand in 2023 (if the Nigerians qualify for this World Cup). “We can win the World Cup,” she assured in April last year, between two friendly matches against Canada. This is at least an achievement that Onome Ebi has not yet experienced …

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