Onome Ebi: Making History with Six FIFA Women’s World Cup Appearances

Onome Ebi: First Female Footballer to Play in Six FIFA World Cups

Longevity in Football

Onome Ebi is the first female footballer to play in six different FIFA World Cups.

She has been playing for the Super Falcons of Nigeria since 2003 and is still an active member of the squad at 40 years old.

Ebi has played across the world in terms of her club career, especially in Sweden, Turkey, and China.

She recently returned to Nigeria to play for Naija Ratels, a newly formed women’s football club.

Secrets to Longevity

In an interview with Punch, Ebi revealed that some of her secrets to longevity in football are her sleeping habits and her love for constant training.

She said, “I like training, I like to sleep a lot because I feel when I sleep, I get back my strength.

I have some things I take, which I will reveal later so it can help people stay active and fit as well.

Also, I try to mind my business because I know there are so many negative things out there.

You need to stay healthy and fit to still be active at 40.”

Retirement Plans

Ebi said that she does not have any specific retirement plans.

She said, “I just follow my body and I follow my strength every day and every second.

The day I feel that ‘Oh, Onome, it’s time, it’s getting to that point’, I will definitely tell myself it’s time.

For now, I am just enjoying every moment and being disciplined in what I eat, what I do, how I feel, and how I react, that’s just it.

I can’t say I will retire at any particular time, but when the need comes, when I feel it, I will definitely answer my body.”


Onome Ebi is an inspiration to female footballers everywhere.

Her longevity in the sport is a testament to her dedication and hard work.

She is a role model for young players who aspire to reach the highest levels of the game.

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