In a heartfelt announcement, Nigeria’s Super Falcons forward, Desire Ugochi Oparanozie, has decided to hang up her boots at the age of 29, marking the end of her illustrious career in both international and club football.
Oparanozie, a prominent figure in the world of women’s soccer, was a part of Nigeria’s squad that graced the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, an event that spanned from July to August.
Taking to her X account (formerly Twitter) on a Wednesday, Oparanozie expressed her gratitude, saying, “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.”
Her retirement message continued with heartfelt acknowledgments, “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’s football journey has been nothing short of remarkable. She made her mark in the Chinese Women’s Super League, where she showcased her talent both nationally and internationally. Her career began with Bayelsa Queens before progressing to Delta Queens and Düvenciler Lisesispor.
In 2012, Oparanozie embarked on a new adventure, transferring to Rossiyanka in the Russian Women’s Football Championship. During her tenure there, she made a significant impact, participating in the UEFA Women’s Champions League and even netting a crucial goal. Following her Russian sojourn, she made her way to the Bundesliga, joining VfL Wolfsburg for the 2013-14 season.
Desire Ugochi Oparanozie’s retirement marks the conclusion of an incredible football journey that has left an indelible mark on the sport, both in Nigeria and on the international stage. Her contributions and achievements will be celebrated for years to come.