Desire Oparanozie, before her departure with the Super Falcons to France, spoken about her ambition to see the Nigerian team lift the FIFA Women’s World Cup during her reign as captain, Completesports.com reports.
The Super Falcons are in Group A alongside hosts France, in the 2019 showpiece that got underway over the weekend. South Korea and Norway who handed Nigeria her worst defeat (8-0) on June 6, 1995, in Tingvallen, Sweden are also in the group.
Norway edged the Super Falcons 3-0 in their opening Group A match of France 2019 on Saturday.
Falcons have made six appearances in the global women’s showpiece previously; played 19 matches, won three, drew two and lost 14.
Oparanozie, 25, who plies her trade with French top side, En Avant Guingamp, told Completesports.com during the media presentation of her charity project, Desire Oparanozie Foundatio, before she departed to France, that she would want to be remembered as first Super Falcons captain to deliver the FIFA Women’s World Cup trophy to Nigeria.
“I’m not to looking for personal glory. I’m more focused on team glory and what the team can achieve together,” Oparanozie said.
“If I want personal glory, I could have been into tennis or athletics.
“But my greatest dream right now is to become the first Super Falcons captain to deliver the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Nigerian nation.”
She believes that Falcons are capable of navigating through their tough group, drawing confidence from the team’s good preparation, quality players and technically sound coach in Thomas Dennerby.
“Truth is, over the years, we never had good preparation going into the World Cup. But this year, things changed.
“We’ve never had it so good in terms of preparation. Yes, there could still be a couple of things that could be done better but they (NFF) have done well in preparing us going into this tournament.
“And of course, to whom much is given, they say, much is expected. I know Nigerians are hopeful, they look up to us, many believe we’ve dominated Africa for so long and as such it is time for us to make a statement on the world stage.
“Looking at the team now, we have quality, we have one of the best coaches in the world when it comes to women football. We have everything it takes to conquer. And with a combination of our quality, preparation and sound coach, it is high time we got past the previous record we had in the World Cup”.
Oparanozie speaks further about her new role as Super Falcons captain.
“Honestly, being called up to captain the Super Falcons comes with a whole lot of indescribable feeling,” the former Bayelsa Queens and Delta QueCup
“I wasn’t expecting it, to tell you the truth. But then, I feel I was honoured with a responsibility to lead the team. I’m just overwhelmed.”
Oparanozie will lead out Super Falcons against Korea Republic on Wednesday in their second Group A match of the ongoing France 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup at the Stade des Alpes Gronoble. Kickoff is 2pm Nigerian time.
Nigeria are currently third in the group without any point (-3 goal difference), behind leaders France (3 points +4 goals) and second-placed Norway (3 points ±3goals. Korea Republic are bottom of the group without any point too (-4 goal difference)