Nigeria’s Super Falcons Star, Desire Ugochi, Retires From Professional Football


Nigeria’s Super Falcons forward Desire Ugochi Oparanozie has announced her retirement from pro 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 her family and friends who had supported her over the years.

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.