Super Falcons captain Onome Ebi is all set to make her mark at the FIFA Women's World Cup for the sixth time.
When it comes to seasoned players in the world of women's football, Brazilian superstar Marta often takes centre stage.
Regarded as a true veteran of the sport, her accomplishments and longevity are widely celebrated.
However, amidst the spotlight on Marta, a remarkable player from Nigeria's women's team has quietly shattered age barriers and achieved a remarkable feat.
While many are aware of Marta's legacy, only a few know that the Super Falcons have their own icon who not only surpasses the age of 40 but is also gearing up to participate in her unprecedented sixth Women's World Cup.
At the age of 40, Ebi is not only defying age stereotypes but also proving that experience and determination can overcome any challenge.
With an illustrious career spanning over two decades, Ebi continues to be a pillar of strength, providing stability and leadership at the heart of the Super Falcons' defence.
Her unwavering passion for the sport and her remarkable journey to this year's World Cup makes her an inspiration to players of all ages.
Super Falcons Captain, Onome Ebi (40) will be the oldest player at the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
She’s also set to become the first African Footballer dead or alive to feature in 6 FIFA World Cup Tournaments. pic.twitter.com/yIbxEBq7Ai
— Naija Sports (@naijasports_) July 3, 2023
Onome Ebi leads Super Falcons at World Cup
Ebi's presence in the Super Falcons squad has been a constant source of stability and leadership.
Having represented her country in previous World Cups in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019, she brings a wealth of experience to the team.
With her defensive prowess and tactical acumen, Ebi has played a vital role in the success of the Super Falcons over the years, earning the respect and admiration of teammates and opponents alike.
Onome Ebi embracing new challenges
Despite reaching the milestone of turning 40, Ebi refuses to let age define her abilities. She embraces new challenges to stay physically fit and sharp on the pitch.
Last year, she joined Levante Las Planas' men's squad, training alongside male players to push her limits and continue honing her skills.
This dedication to constant improvement is a testament to Ebi's unwavering commitment to the sport she loves.
Defying critics with unwavering love for the game
Ebi faces criticism from those who question her age and suggest that younger players should take her place on the field.
However, she remains unfazed by such remarks, fueled by her deep love and passion for football.
Responding to the naysayers, Ebi proudly declares, “I love this sport more than anything.” Her determination to excel despite the doubters only serves to motivate her further.
Onome Ebi inspires future generations as oldest player at World Cup
Onome Ebi's resilience and unwavering spirit make her an inspiration to aspiring athletes around the world.
Her words reflect a sense of self-assurance and pride in her achievements. Ebi acknowledges her vast experience and uses it to the advantage of her team and her country.
She understands that progress often invites both criticism and praise, but she chooses to focus on moving forward and making a difference on the field.
As Onome Ebi prepares for her sixth World Cup appearance, she carries with her the hopes and dreams of a nation. Her dedication, perseverance, and refusal to let age define her abilities make her a true role model.
Age is truly just a number for Ebi, as she continues to prove that passion, determination, and experience can overcome any obstacle. The football world eagerly awaits her performance at the World Cup, where she will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on the sport she loves.
World Cup appearances await three Super Falcons Players
Three Super Falcons players are set to make their fourth appearance at a Women's World Cup in 2023.
Osinachi Ohale, Desire Oparanozie, and Francisca Ordega have all been pivotal figures for the Nigerian team in previous tournaments. Their experience, skill, and commitment to the game will undoubtedly bolster Nigeria's chances of making a mark in the competition.
Having previously represented her country in 2011, 2015, and 2019, Ohale brings a wealth of experience to the Nigerian squad.
Her defensive abilities and tenacity on the field have been crucial in past tournaments, and she will be eager to contribute again in 2023.
Having participated in the tournament in 2011, 2015, and 2019, Oparanozie has established herself as a formidable force in Nigerian football.
She scored crucial goals in both the African Women's Championship 2014 and 2016 finals.
Francisca Ordega – Nigeria
With previous tournament experiences in 2011, 2015, and 2019, Ordega has consistently showcased her skills and versatility on the international stage.
These three Nigerian players have demonstrated their commitment to their country and the game of football through their multiple appearances in the FIFA Women's World Cup.
Their experience, skill, and determination will undoubtedly be invaluable assets for Nigeria as they strive to make their mark in the upcoming tournament.
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 months ago