Desire Oparanozie, a former Super Falcons star, playfully revealed her potential interest in pursuing a career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) during an event called ‘Off in Style,’ organized to celebrate her retirement from football.

Last month, Oparanozie retired from both international and club football at the age of 29, bringing a successful career to a close. She amassed numerous achievements, including four Women’s Africa Cup of Nations titles and participation in four World Cups. Notably, she had a bus stop in France named after her, recognizing her remarkable contributions during her time with Guingamp.

Before her retirement, Oparanozie made 35 appearances for the Super Falcons and scored 22 goals. Her football journey began in the Nigerian Women’s League with Bayelsa Queens, followed by a move to Delta Queens in 2010. She later embarked on a European adventure, including a loan spell in Turkey.

Regarding her potential venture into UFC, Oparanozie humorously expressed, “I would love to try out UFC one day now that I am retired from football.”

While many fans had hoped she would lead Nigeria at the next year’s Olympics in Paris, Oparanozie announced her retirement, which left some disappointed. She acknowledged that her departure from the game was early but expressed satisfaction with her decision.

“It was something I had contemplated extensively. I recognize that I left the game prematurely, and I have not yet had the opportunity to apologize to my fans. It is something that will certainly happen, but many people are unhappy that I left the game too soon. Nevertheless, I want to thank them for the love they showed me.”

In recognition of her contributions, Oparanozie was recently honored as an honorary member of the Imo State Football Association.

By Mickey

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