France 2019: Ebi Sets New Africa Record


Veteran defender Onome Ebi is set to become the first African to play in five Fifa global tournaments after being named in Nigeria’s Women’s World Cup squad.

36-year-old Ebi, who has been part of the Super Falcons set-up since making her debut in 2003, played at the 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 World Cups.

Ebi’s inclusion and the omission of Ini-Abasi Umotong were the two main talking points after Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby named his players for France 2019.

Ebi, the 2018 Nigerian footballer of the year and four-time winner of the African Women’s Cup of Nations, believes playing in France will complete her football story.

“To play in five World Cups will feel like I’ve achieved everything there is in football,” Ebi told BBC Sport.

Both highly-rated England-based Umotong of Brighton and defender Josephine Chukwunonye – who plays in Sweden – were included in the provisional squad but both players have seen their tournament dreams dashed.

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Source: Leadership Newspaper