In a surprising move, Super Falcons star forward Desire Oparanozie has announced her retirement from both national and club football.
The 29-year-old cited her age and desire to pursue new ventures as her reasons for leaving the sport.
Oparanozie's impressive career has seen her play for the Super Falcons in the 2011, 2015, 2019, and 2023 World Cups, as well as the 2010, 2014, 2016, and 2018 Women's Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON).
Oparanozie, in a post on X on Wednesday, said, “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.”