Oparanozie Retires From Professional Football At 29

Desire Oparanozie, Super Falcons striker, has announced her retirement from professional football, aged 29.

She announced this in tweet on her X handle on Wednesday.

She tweeted, “To my fans, family, and friends, thank you for the show of love and support over the years. It’s time to take a bow, as I believe there’s no better time than now. I’m officially announcing my retirement from professional football for both club and country.

Oparanozie waving to the fans, along with other players

“To every team and coach I have played for, to every mate I’ve played alongside, and to every opponent I have played against, thank you all for being part of this incredible journey. Thank you football, thank you Nigeria.

“Desire Ugochi Oparanozie.”

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Oparanozie started her career at Bayelsa Queens in the Nigerian Women’s Championship and moved to Delta Queens in 2010.

At club level, she last played for Chinese Women’s Super League club Wuhan Jianghan University.

The forward first played for the Super Falcons in 2010, and scored 22 goas in 35 outings.

Oparanozie was part of the Super Falcons teams that won the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations in 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2018.

She played at four FIFA Women’s World Cups: 2011, 2015, 2019 and 2023.

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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