Super Falcons striker Desire Oparanozie says the need for a new challenge prompted her decision to leave French Feminine side En Avant Guingamp.
The former Bayelsa Queens, Delta Queens and Wolfsburg player, on Monday, announced on social media she will be quitting Guingamp when her current deal expires next month, after spending 6 years at the club.
Après six ans à jouer pour En Avant Guingamp, je vais commencer un nouveau chapitre. Je tiens à remercier tous les membres de l'équipe, et les fans, pour ces années incroyables. Merci beaucoup. pic.twitter.com/SBFHMhxSlE
— oparanozie desire (@oparanozie9) May 18, 2020
The decision by the authorities to cancel the sporting season in France due to the Covid-19 pandemic means an automatic end to Oparanozie’s contract with Guingamp.
Speaking to the Black Ballers Podcast from her base in France, the 26-year-old former Super Falcons captain said she will make her next move when the coast is clear.
“I’ve been here for like six years and I’m at the end of my contract – it will actually expire in June,” the 3-time African Women Cup of Nations winner explained.
“But I’ve stayed here for too long, I just want something new, I want a change, I want to explore, I want to see what’s out there for me. That’s why I am not renewing (my contract), that’s why I want to move on and see what’s out there for me.
“But at the moment, with the situation of things around the world, we are still working on the best possible situation. So, once it’s time to let the world know, I will definitely put it out there. But at the moment, I’m just focusing on being healthy first, and then, let’s see what happens in the future,” she said.
The bulky forward scored 45 goals in 106 matches in all competitions for Guingamp.
She has also netted 22 times for the Super Falcons in 35 matches, scoring the winner as Nigeria defeated hosts Cameroon 1-0 to lift the 2016 edition of the Women Africa Cup of Nations.