Desire Oparanozie burst into national limelight in 2008 when she represented Nigeria in the colors of the U-17 National female team-The Flamingoes. She drew attention to herself when she netted in four goals against the South African U-17 National team in the qualifying game played at the Moshood Abiola stadium in Abeokuta. She also scored two goals in the 2-1 victory against South Africa at their own back-yard. Her goals secured Nigeria a berth at the U-17 Women World Cup hosted by New Zealand in 2008.
She has since become a member of the Super Falcons squad and was part of the team that won the African Women Championship in 2010 and 2014 respectively. She scored in the 3-0 win over Tanzania in the group stage of the AWC 2010 Championship and followed it up with a blistering goal in the 5-1 mauling of the Indomitable Lioness of Cameroon during the Quarter Final stage.
She kept her best for the last, as she unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot to help Nigeria overcome a stubborn Equatorial Guinea side 4-2 in a pulsating final played at the Sinaba Stadium Daveyton, South Africa. She presently plies her trade with Division 1 Féminine for Guingamp in France. What makes this Player special?
She is so strong and well-built that opposing players find it extremely difficult to cope with her bull-like physique. Her strength gives her an added advantage on the field of play.
Her passion and appetite on the field of play cannot be quantified. She is consumed with the game and gives more than 100% in each game she plays for the national team.
One of the qualities that have helped Desire Oparanozie as a top-class finisher is her relentlessness on the ball. She never gives up trying and at the end, she ends up scoring those crucial goals that has made the difference in most matches she has played for the national teams.
The fearless look on her innocent face sends shivers down the spine of opponents and with each foray into the opponent 18-yard box, it becomes difficult to contain this bustling attacker who is not afraid of knocks on the field of play.
Her incredible speed on and off the ball gives opponent some difficult time to cope during match situations. This athletic nature is one of the incredible qualities that has made her been nominated as one of the emerging young players by the Confederation of African Football.