NIGERIA: PROFILE OF FORWARD DESIRE OPARANOZIE

NIGERIA: PROFILE OF FORWARD DESIRE OPARANOZIE

Current club: Guingamp (France)

Age: 24 (17 December 1993)

The forward actually started her career at Bayelsa Queens in the Nigerian Women's Championship before moving to Delta Queens en route to Europe.

As a junior international, Oparanozie represented Nigeria at the 2010 and 2012 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cups and scored a cumulative five goals over the course of the two tournaments. She has since been one of the mainstays of the Super Falcons and experienced after spells in Russia, Turkey and Germany.

She is a striker who can score in the company of anybody and has scored her fair share for the Super Falcons especially the decisive lone goal win in the semi-final defeat of South Africa as well as the final victory over host Cameroon at the last edition in 2016.

Oparanozie is a three-time winner of the AWCON title was top scorer in 2014 with five goals, including a well-struck free-kick in the 2-0 defeat of Cameroon in the final match.

She proved she's still a force to be reckoned with after scoring four goals in the 6-0 defeat of Gambia in Lagos as the Super Falcons qualified for their 11th AWCON appearance in style last June.

Source: Confederation Africaine de Football

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