Nigeria captain and record-setter on the 9th FIFA Ladies’s World Cup that started on Thursday, Onome Ebi, says she’s in ‘completely nice temper’ forward of Nigeria’s Group B conflict with Canada in Melbourne on Friday afternoon.
The venerable central defender is the oldest participant on the competitors on the age of 40, and is attending her sixth World Cup finals alongside Canada captain Christine Sinclair and Brazil ahead Marta.
“I really feel actually good about this World Cup. It’ll be loads completely different. We’re prepared and dedicated as a staff to make Nigeria proud. Personally, I’m in a completely nice temper.
“Loads will journey on our first match in opposition to Canada and what we’re in a position to take out of that. Which is why we’re absolutely targeted. Since our arrival in Melbourne on Thursday, we’ve got been speaking about nothing else. Our spirit is excessive, and we’re assured of a constructive end result.”
Nigeria and Canada go toe-to-toe on the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium beginning at 12.30pm Friday (3:30am in Nigeria), with Ebi and Sinclair to shake fingers in pre-match formalities.
“I respect her for what she has carried out, scoring 190 worldwide targets. However we should put all that apart for the 90 minutes of the match. It’ll be critical enterprise,” Ebi stated.
The Nigeria defender will win her 108th cap in Friday’s tie, whereas enjoying her 15th FIFA World Cup match.
Nigeria reached the Spherical of 16 on the final event in France 4 years in the past, however Ebi says the Tremendous Falcons are aiming increased this time round.
“Our goal is excessive, however we need to take it one match at a time. The main focus for now could be Canada, after which we are able to plan and strategize for the subsequent opponents after that. We’re dedicated to creating our nation proud.”