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Super Falcons forward Desire Oparanozie retires from football

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Super Falcons forward, Desire Oparanozie has retired from professional football.

The 29-year-old broke the news on social media Wednesday morning.

“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 wrote on her X handle.

“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 came into the limelight after featuring for Nigeria’s Falconets at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in 2010, but in the actual sense, she started her from a local club in Nigeria.

She 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 has had a towering international career; she played in Turkey, Russia, Germany, France and China.

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