by Paul Erewuba
super Falcons defender, Onome Ebi is a player with big data of technicalities of up to date soccer.
She horned her football abilities at Bayelsa Queens FC where she started her football career sooner than shifting to European clubs that incorporated Turkish champions Lisesipor.
the light complexioned Delta State – born footballer could be very experienced given the truth that she has been part of tremendous Falcons squad to four World Cups.
The 2008 Olympics and 5 African girls Championships (AWC) heroine spoke to Saturday Sunsports on quite a few considerations.
Q How did you begin taking part in soccer?
I began when I used to be a bit of lady. sooner than i started Secondary school, I had already began enjoying with boys on the sector. So when I entered Secondary school, it was straightforward for me to break into my faculty workforce the place I began my soccer career.
And after faculty, I joined a club.
Q Which of the teams did you start with?
I began with Omidiran Babes of Oshogbo in Osun state. and i played for 4 years. when I left Omidiran Babes, I went to Bayelsa Queens the place I additionally played for four years. however after that, I made up our minds to ply my soccer change in a foreign country and Turkey was my first port of name. I latter moved to Sweden, moved back to Turkey and then to Belarus. I played there for 3 years. however for now, i’ve signed out my contract with them.
Q How used to be your rising up like?
i might say my rising up was once a mixed grill. mixed grill in the feel that it was tough and at the similar time candy. I was once surrounded with guys. i didn’t have feminine chums surrounding me like the guys. I performed with guys and they taught me good football. It was enjoyable. but the one problem I had had been my parents.
to start with, they detested my going into football, and they would not hear of it. They wished me to head to the college. They had been scared football would stop me from going to high school.
however when they noticed that my football future is taking a look shiny and i am so passionate of enjoying football, they allowed me be.
Q: So how did you burst into the tremendous Falcons?
I received the chance of playing within the tremendous Falcons when I was once with Omidiran Babes. It was in 2003 and Sam Okpodu was once then the show. He noticed my sport and invited me to camp.
I was baby of the home then as a result of I was once so little. The coach will need to have seen something in me that made him consider a lot in me. regardless of my inexperience, I used to be accommodated.
the sport i will never forget was the fit towards the us at the World Cup in 2003. I committed some errors that resulted into a purpose. I cried all over the championship. It used to be onerous for me, but people together with my staff mates encouraged me and informed me to examine from the expertise.
due to the fact 2003, i’ve been with the Falcons and i have performed in 4 World Cups, five international locations Cup and one Olympic games.
Q: talking about the international locations Cup, you were a member of the super Falcons countries Cup successful squad in Cameroon. How did it go?
i might say it was once now not simple. The mavens came to enroll in the house based in Nigeria. sooner than we could blend, it used to be one thing the coaches had to in point of fact work on. and they did their very best which we took to Cameroon. In Cameroon, it used to be excellent for us because the fans had been helping us as a result of we performed excellent soccer. even supposing the team stage matches were difficult, we thrived to qualify.
however the semi and final is one thing i’ll never fail to remember in a hurry.
Q: You sustained damage however went in advance to play with it in the closing, what was it like?
i did not be aware of that I had a fracture ahead of we went into that recreation. after I fell down some minutes to the end of the sport and felt some sharp pains on my wrist, I simply stood up. The physiotherapist examined my hand but I stated they will have to enable me to go into the field and play. I went in conserving my hand. And after the game I fell
down and began crying. The ache was once an excessive amount of and i didn’t comprehend that I had fractured my hand. It was once when we got here again to Abuja and the physician validated that my bone used to be damaged. i did not need Nigeria to lose because it used to be just three minutes to finish the game.
Q: After the harm, what have you been doing?
on the grounds that I joined Temple administration company after we won the countries Cup in Cameroon the place I sustained serious damage, my lifestyles hasn’t been the identical once more.
I can not examine the eagerness I had after I began playing soccer to what I’m having now at Temple.
I now feel very comfortable that i’ve a household. i’ve a group that may be very supportive relating to everything. due to the fact that my harm, i have not long past back to my crew and Temple has introduced to my profession.
they’ve been making my stay in Lagos a very memorable one; we have activities here and there. I don’t feel i’ve harm any more.
but with the aid of end of could i’d have recovered fully to resume enjoying.
Q: What’s your recommendation to up and coming athletes?
They will have to never give up on their objectives. irrespective of the situation they in finding themselves in and the temptations; they must not be discouraged.
without a doubt they are going to come throughout temptations and those that will say poor things about them; they must no longer hand over on their dream. I fought such inhibitions to realize greatness lately. and they should put God first in lifestyles. They must push themselves to achieve their zenith, which used to be how I pushed my technique to play for the Falcons.