Super Falcons

Oparanozie leaves French club, eye a return to Nigerian league

Desire Oparanozie

Super Falcons skipper, Ugochi Desire Oparanozie has revealed the rationale behind her decision to discontinue her alliance with French outfit Guingamp, when her contract comes to an end.

Speaking with The Guardian, the 26-year old says she would love to explore and try out other challenges, adding that she’s had offers from top teams.

“My contract with my French club ends in June, so I decided not to renew it because I needed to explore other avenues. Some clubs want me to join them, but I have not taken any decision.”

Oparanozie will become a free agent next week, after her contract with Guingamp expired with the remaining league matches in the French league canceled in order to curb the widespread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

She has enjoyed good form with the club in her six-year stint, scoring 45 goals in 106 appearances for the club.

She had stints with Lüleburgaz 39 Spor, Rossiyanka , Wolfsburg and Ataşehir Belediyespor where she left to join Guigamp in 2014.

The 2018 African Women’s Championship winner has however, not ruled out a move back to the Nigerian Women’s football league where she started her career playing for Bayelsa Queens and Delta Queens.

She said: “The federation should pay.

“If there is need to come back to Nigeria to play in the women’s league, I will play. Nigerian league (women) is tough and competitive, but the only issue is inadequate facilities. I started my football career in the Nigerian league, so coming back home will not be a big deal for me.”

Oparanozie also made her own contributions in the ongoing debate about The male and female teams earning equal pay.

She said: “The federation should pay Super Falcons’ allowances and bonuses in line with the girls’ output and honour they bring to the country.”


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