Nigeria’s Super Falcons Star, Desire Ugochi, Bids Farewell to Football at 29, Gives Reasons

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Popular Nigeria’s Super Falcons forward Desire Ugochi Oparanozie has announced her retirement from football for both country and club at age 29.

Oparanozie was included in the squad that represented Nigeria at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup which started in July and ended in August.

In a post recently, on her Twitter account, she thanked family and friends who had supported her over the years.

She wrote: “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. 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.”

Oparanozie had a successful career in the Chinese Women’s Super League and represented Nigeria’s national team on different occasions.

The forward started her career at Bayelsa Queens in the Nigerian Women’s Championship.

Oparanozie came into the limelight after featuring for Nigeria’s Falconets at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2010.

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

The striker scored 22 goals in 35 appearances for Nigeria.

She played for clubs in Turkey, Russia, Germany, France and China.

Credit: Information Nigeria 


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