Desire Oparanozie, Super Falcons striker, has announced her retirement from professional football for both club and country.
The former Falcons captain broke the news in a statement released on her social media handles on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old striker appreciated her family, fans, and friends for their support during her “incredible” career.
“To my fans, family, and friends, thank you for the show of love and support over the years,” she wrote.
“It’s time to take a bow, as I believe there’s no better time than now. I’m officially announcing my retirement from professional football for both club and country.”
The forward was part of the Nigerian squad that participated in the recently concluded 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The Falcons were dumped out of the tournament following a 4-2 loss on penalties to the Lionesses of England in the round of 16.
Nigeria loses bid to host AFCON 2027
Nigeria has lost the joint bid with the Benin Republic to host the African Cup of Nations in 2027, as Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania are named joint hosts of the 2027 tournament, AFP reports.
This comes after the Minister of Sports Development Senator John Owan Enoh arrived in Egypt on Tuesday with representatives of the Nigeria Football Federation to bid to host AFCON in 2027.
We report that Nigeria’s only hosting of the AFCON was in 1980 when Christian Chukwu led the team to victory in front of enthusiastic home fans, including former President Shehu Shagari.
The joint hosting with Ghana ended in disappointment as Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions claimed the trophy at the National Stadium in Lagos.
Osimhen’s agent threatens legal action against Napoli
Roberto Calendar, the agent of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, on Tuesday said he “reserves the right to take legal action” against the club.
Calenda’s threat came after a video mocking the player was posted and then deleted from the Serie A side’s official TikTok on Tuesday.
He released a statement on messaging platform X, formerly known as Twitter, saying the video caused “very serious damage to the player”.
“What happened today on Napoli’s official profile on the TikTok platform is not acceptable.
“A video mocking Victor was first made public and then, but now belatedly, deleted,” said Calenda.
“We reserve the right to take legal action and any other useful initiative to protect Victor.”
Napoli did not immediately respond to a request for comment outside normal business hours.
Osimhen missed a late penalty kick in a goalless draw against Bologna in Serie A on Sunday.
He was substituted as the game drew to a close and appeared to protest the decision, shouting at coach Rudi Garcia before leaving the pitch.
Later on the French manager, however, played down the situation.
Winners to get N150m as 2023/24 NPFL season kicks off September 30
The board of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has announced a new kick-off date for the 2023/24 season.
In a statement on Monday, the board disclosed that the NPFL will commence its new season on September 30.
According to Davidson Owumi, NPFL chief operating officer, the season’s champions would receive ₦150 million, a 50 percent increase from the previous season’s prize money.
He added that the league’s board would also administer a take-off grant of N10 million to each of the 20 teams participating.
“The 20 clubs will, as was done last season, receive a take-off grant of ten Million Naira (₦10,000,000) each to smoothen your operations as the season starts,” the Owumi said.
“We are therefore expecting the Clubs to as a matter of urgency, forward their respective account details to the NPFL Secretariat for the transfer of the said amount as the season is set to commence on Saturday, September 30, 2023.”
The season was scheduled to commence on September 9, with Enyimba billed to face Bendel Insurance in the opening matchday.
But a few days to the date, the kick-off was postponed due to the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), which was held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
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