Desire Oparanozie, a forward for the Super Falcons, has announced her retirement from professional football. The 29-year-old made the announcement on social media, marking the end of an illustrious career spanning over a decade.
Oparanozie’s last outing for the Super Falcons was at the 2023 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, where the country crashed out in the round of 16. She made her senior team debut in 2010 and has played in the 2011, 2015, 2019, and 2023 editions.
The forward was also part of the Super Falcons squad that won the 2010, 2014, 2016, and 2018 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) titles. Her contributions to the team have been instrumental in their success over the years.
Oparanozie started her club career at Bayelsa Queens and later joined Delta Queens before moving abroad. She last played for Wuhan Chegu Jianghan FC.
Her retirement marks the end of an era for the Falcons. As fans and fellow players bid farewell to Oparanozie, her legacy in Nigerian football remains indelible. Her contributions to the sport have paved the way for future generations of female footballers in Nigeria.