France based attacker, Desire Oparanozie has been named the new Super Falcons captain with less than two months to the commencement of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
Oparanozie got the nod to captain the team after Monday’s international friendly against Canada in Spain which it was gathered may not go down well with the top guns at the Nigeria Football Federation who wanted Onome Ebi. Oparanozie got Nigeria’s goal in the first half of the game after profiting from a brilliant pass from Uchenna Kalu.
However the coaches led by head coach, Thomas Dennerby kicked on the choice of Ebi as the substantive captain instead opting for Rita Chikwelu who plays her club football in Sweeden.
Recalled that both Ebi and Chikwelu have been joint captains since the arrival of Dennerby which was considered rather strange among followers of the game. Both lifted the 2018 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations trophy in Ghana.
As if that was not enough, the coaches were also not happy with the speed certain matters which would have been discussed by the team and considered confidential get to the federation.
About 90% of the players are behind Oparanozie although no reason was given for their decision.