–Evelyn Nwabuoku speaks to Complete Sports’ Abuja Correspondent, RICHARD JIDEAKA about her personal and national team aspirationsTell us a bit about yourself
My name is Evelyn Nwabuoku, – I am the captain of Super Falcons and I am 29 years old, a native of Ibusa in Delta state.
I am the ninth in a family of nine; made up of five boys and four girls. Only seven is living. My mother is late but my dad is still alive.
How did you take football as a career?
Hmmm, I took to football like every young girl on the street where I grew up in Festac town, Lagos. It was not an easy beginning because my mum never supported me playing football. She felt football was not meant for girls but for men. I remember being flogged severally for playing football on the streets of Festac even against boys. Ironically, she is not alive today to see how football has made me. My Dad, may God continue to keep him and bless him, he encouraged me a lot. He even fought my mum over her insistence that I should not play football.
Any regret making a career from football?
I have no regret playing football because football has made me popular and has also made me financially comfortable. I am not rich but I must say I am not poor. Football has taken me to places and I have met with very important personalities round the world.
When and how did you make your football break through?
Well, I think it was when I was in JSS 3 at FESTAC town secondary school and I was taken to Oladimeji Tigeres; a Ladies club where I was an instant hit and from there. I never looked back. From there I went to Vero Bim before Rivers Angels signed me and I still play for them.
Do you have plans to take your football career outside the shores of this country?
It is every players dream to play at the world cup and it is just by the corner as I hope to use the World Cup in Canada to launch myself to the world. I will definitely play football abroad but the offer has to be very good and far better than that of Rivers Angel to entice me. But I want to make an impact at the World Cup.
Which country exactly are you looking at to launch your career abroad?
If I have my way, I would like to follow Asisat Oshoala’s footstep by playing in England or France. I miss Asisat so much, she is such a great youngster and I think her joining Liverpool Ladies FC will open door for more Nigerian players to go there too because I am sure she would dazzle there and they would come looking for more Nigerians.
Given the choice to play professional football abroad and a scholarship to study in the United States of America which of these would you take?
I have rejected scholarship offers to study because I want to play real professional football abroad. So I will jump at contract offers first before academic offers because I know I can study part time or after I quit football.
The AAG and Olympic games qualifiers are around the corner, what are you chances of making it to these games?
We are going to play Mali four times to secure tickets for both games and I can assure Nigerians that we shall give it our best shot to not only qualify but do well as well. I am sure we can win the AAG gold medal and see how far we can go at the Olympics.
The FIFA women World Cup comes before these games and how far do you think you can go in Canada?
We want to go beyond the quarter-finals. We have what it takes to reach the last four because we have developed into a unit that is difficult to dislodge. Again we have a winning mentality that will shock the world. I am very optimistic we can perform well in Canada.
Do you (Falcons) feel kind of neglected that the federal government has yet to appreciate you for winning the Africa Women Championship in Namibia last year?
No, not at all. We know the government will appreciate us at the right time. We are not dampened by that now. We are concentrating on our game and how to win more laurels for the country.
What brand of music do you like and who is your favorite artiste?
Oh, I love cool music and Celine Dion is my favourite musician. Her music inspire me before matches.
Favourite movie and morvie artiste?
I like Nigerian movies and I watch them a lot at the slightest chance. My favourite actor is Jim Iyke and Omotola Ekeinde is my best actress.
Any immediate plans to get married?
I want to get married say in three years time. I have someone with whom we have agreed to marry by 2018. We are in love with each other and I must tell you you he is a sweet guy.
The issue of lesbianism is a recurring issue among women footballers, have you witnessed it in any of your previous camps?
I hear about it before I became a national team player. It does not exist now and in my team as composed now and no body has ever approached me for such.
Are you romantic and loving?
Sure of course, I am a very romantic and caring woman I am a woman and I do every thing a woman does. That I play football does not take any thing every woman does away from me. My man is the only person who can testify to how loving and romantic I am.
What is your Favourite colour?
Blue. Because it depicts love.
What is your favourite number?
I love wearing jersey number 14 but I can’t explain why.
If you were not a footballer, what would you be
I could have been a banker. It was my dream but I don’t think I would want to now. I will like to study business administration.