Ugochi Desire Oparanozie (born December 17, 1993) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Wuhan Jianghan University and the Nigerian national team, Super Falcons, in the Chinese Women’s Super League.
Desire Oparanozie was born on the 17th of December, 1993, in Owerri, Imo State, which falls in the Southeastern geopolitical zone of Nigeria.
Oparanozie began her career in the Nigerian Women’s Championship with Bayelsa Queens before joining Delta Queens in 2010. She spent two months on loan with Düvenciler Lisesispor in the Turkish Women’s First Football League before returning to Delta Queens in 2011.
She joined Rossiyanka from the Russian Women’s Football Championship in 2012, and she scored one goal in four games for them in the 2012-13 UEFA Women’s Champions League.
Oparanozie agreed to terms with VfL Wolfsburg on a two-year contract for the 2013-14 season. Throughout the first half of the season, she mostly played for Wolfsburg’s second team and only made one appearance. She left Wolfsburg in the winter after a year and a half.
Oparanozie joined Ataşehir Belediyespor on February 21, 2014, and will spend the rest of the season with them in the Turkish Women’s First Football League.
Oparanozie was named captain of the team for the 2019-20 season, and she got off to a strong start by defeating Metz on the first day of competition. According to a Dijon FCO announcement, she signed a two-year contract that will expire on June 30, 2020.
After Oparanozie left Guingamp, her fans renamed the city’s bus stop after her lengthy stint with the French soccer team.
Oparanozie has signed with Wuhan Jianghan University of the Chinese Women’s Super League for the 2022 season.
As a junior international, she scored three goals in the 2012 tournament and two goals in the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
Oparanozie has been a member of the Nigerian national team since 2010, competing in the FIFA Women’s World Cups in 2011, 2015, and 2019.
In April 2019, Coach Thomas Dennerby named Oparanozie the new captain of Nigeria, praising her control and character.
She spearheaded efforts for equal compensation in Nigerian football following the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, highlighting disparities between the team’s male counterparts’ incentives.
She was also a member of the Nigerian teams that won all four African Women’s Championships in 2010, 2014, 2016, and 2018. She scored significant goals in both the 2014 and 2016 finals.
- 2018: African Women’s Championship
- 2016: African Women’s Championship
- 2014: African Women’s Championship
- 2010: African Women’s Championship
- 2014: African Women’s Championship, Golden Boot
- 2012:Nigerian Women’s Championship
- 2011: Nigerian Women’s Championship
According to the analysis made from different sources online, Desire Oparanozie has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.