Ife has the most contagious laugh I’ve ever heard. She brings positive vibes to the locker room every day!
Where are you from and what is the best thing about being from there?
I am from Southern California, Rancho Cucamonga, and the best thing is the all-year-round neutral weather.
Why do you play soccer?
Throughout the years my reasons have changed. When I was young
it was because it was fun. Now, although it is still fun, it’s something that constantly challenges me and pushes me to be better and want more out of myself.
Growing up did you feel constrained by gender? How have you overcome this?
There were times in my life when I felt as though me being a female in sports was not as legitimate as being a man in sports. Media, and the lack of exposure in women’s sport, fuel the idea that men’s sport is superior. I just remember how hard I worked to get to where I am today and concern myself less with others’ prejudices.
If you had to stop playing soccer tomorrow and money wasn’t a consideration, what would you want your profession to be?
Well, that’s easy. I would drop everything and become a professional traveller. Also I have a passion for medicine and injury prevention.
What is your strongest attribute and where does that come from?
I think my strongest attribute is that I’m honest. Growing up in a Nigerian household, my parents didn’t sugarcoat anything. Even now I value when people are honest with me. I feel like it’s a sign of a true friendship.
What is one thing you do that makes you feel proud of yourself?
I am proud that I can just be myself. I know that sounds cliché, but with all the social media and the world we live in, it’s hard not to get caught up in all that and become a contrived version of yourself. I like what I like and I don’t feel pressured to change my preferences for anyone!
What question do you want to be asked when you’re interviewed?
I like your question about gender!