Monday May 25, 2020. 09:00
Super Falcons star Desire Oparanozie has said she is open to the prospect of returning to Nigerian domestic football after leaving Guingamp.
The 26-year-old forward had been on the books of the French club since 2014 – racking up 45 goals in 106 league appearances – but the sudden cancellation of football in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic saw her spell in Brittany brought to an end.
As a free agent in the prime of her career, Oparanozie’s next step will be key and she has said he is weighing up the option of returning to Nigerian football alongside other possibilities.
“My contract with my French club ends in June, so I decided not to renew it because I needed to explore other avenues,” Oparanozie was quoted by the Guardian.
“Some clubs want me to join them, but I have not taken any decision. If there is a need to come back to Nigeria to play in the women’s league, I will play.
“Nigeria’s league 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, however, does want to see more support for the women’s game in the west African country.
“The French women’s national team worked very hard under a conducive atmosphere to get to where they are now,” she continued.
“For Super Falcons to get it right, the administrative aspect has to be okay, but the team does not have all the time in the world considering the level of competition we are getting from other African countries now.
“The federation should pay Super Falcons’ allowances and bonuses in line with the girls’ output and honour they bring to the country.”