Nigeria’s Super Falcons Striker, Oparanozie Announces Retirement From Football At 29 | #NwokeukwuMascot

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Nigeria’s Super Falcons striker, Desire Oparanozie, has announced her retirement from professional football for both club and country.

The 29-year-old striker announced her retirement in a statement released on X (formerly Twitter) on Wednesday.

She thanked her family, fans and friends for their support during the course of her career.

Oparanozie 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 was part of the Super Falcons squad that participated in the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The team lost to England 4-2 on penalties, failing to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition.

Oparanozie started her career at Bayelsa Queens in the Nigerian Women's Championship and moved to Delta Queens in 2010. She later moved to Europe.

Her last club was Wuhan Jianghan University F.C., a Chinese professional football club located in Wuhan.

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