Desire Oparanozie: The Making Of A Professional Goal Machine

Foot D1F EAG Désirée Oparanozie saison 2016 2017 photo Bruno Torrubia

NaijaRavemakers’s Sports personality of the week, Ugochi Desire Oparanozie who was born on the 17th of December 1993 is a Nigerian football forward last playing in the Division 1 Féminine for Guingamp and the Nigerian national team.


She started her career at Bayelsa Queens in the Nigerian Women’s Championship and moved to Delta Queens in 2010. She then spent 2 months on loan at Düvenciler Lisesispor in the Turkish Women’s First Football League in 2011, before returning to Delta Queens.

In 2012, she joined Rossiyanka from the Russian Women’s Football Championship, with them she played four matches at the 2012–13 UEFA Women’s Champions League, scoring one goal.


She joined Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg for the 2013–14 season signing a two-year contract. In the first half of the season, she only appeared in one game, and mostly played for Wolfsburg’s second team. In the winter, after half a season, she left Wolfsburg. On 21 February 2014, Oparanozie transferred to Ataşehir Belediyespor to play the second half of the season in the Turkish Women’s First Football League.

For the 2014–15 she joined Guingamp of the French Division 1 Féminine, where she was joined by Nigerian international captain Evelyn Nwabuoku during the following season, who is also Oparanozie’s sister.

She is a member of the Nigerian national team, with which she played the FIFA Women’s World Cup tournaments of 2011 and 2015. As a junior international she scored 2 goals in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup and 3 goals in the 2012 tournament.

Oparanozie was also part of the Nigerian squads of the African Women’s Championship of 2010 and 2014, winning both tournaments and scoring a free kick in the 2014 final. She is Naijaravemakers’s Sports personality of the week.


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