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CAF Honours Nigerian Footballer Oparanozie Upon Her Retirement

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Nigerian female football icon, Desire Oparanozie unexpectedly announced her retirement from the game at the age of just 29. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has paid respect to Oparanozie.

The Women’s AFCON champion, Oparanozie capped a remarkable 13-year career in which she played for nine different clubs and garnered a passionate fan base.

Desire Oparanozie

Oparanozie played a significant role in the Super Falcons throughout her remarkable career. She helped the team advance to the round of 16 at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, where they were eventually eliminated by England in a penalty shootout. Oparanozie famously missed the vital penalty that terminated Nigeria’s World Cup campaign, which might have influenced her choice to leave the sport entirely.

“To my fans, family, and friends, thank you for the show of love and support over the years. 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…” pic.twitter.com/QClEeujx8C

Despite the abruptness of her retirement, Oparanozie was recognized and praised by several people, including Ashleigh Plumptre, a player with the Super Falcons, who regarded Oparanozie as a natural leader on the field.

Additionally, CAF publicly highlighted Oparanozie’s great achievements in African football in a message shared on social media in honour of her remarkable career. They wrote,

“It’s been an honour. An outstanding professional football career path has come to an end for the amazing Desire Oparanozie. What a journey!”

The impact Oparanozie has had on African football is undeniable. In 2014, she won the Golden Boot title as the best scorer after competing in four Women’s AFCON tournaments, winning all four, and scoring the game-winning goal in the championship match. As one of the most accomplished and admired players in women’s football, her retirement signals the end of an era for the sport in Nigeria and across the continent.

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Rhasidat Adeleke: How Rich Is The Irish-Born Nigerian In 2024?

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Nigerian athletics fans, meet Rhasidat Adeleke! This 21-year-old has been making waves in the world of sprinting. She was born in Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland, on August 29, 2002, with Nigerian heritage.

She’s become a record-breaker with her impressive speed on the track. We’ll explore her career highlights and achievements, but first, let’s get to know her a bit better.

Here’s the breakdown of Rhasidat Adeleke’s profile:

  • Full Name: Rhasidat Adeleke
  • Age: 21 (born August 29, 2002)
  • Hometown: Tallaght, Dublin, Ireland
  • Height: 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 meters)

Rhasidat Adeleke’s journey on the track began early.

Born in Dublin to Nigerian parents, she always had a talent for running. She honed her skills locally, quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with, leaving competitors in her dust.

At 17, Adeleke’s competitive career officially started with a win in the junior sprint double at the Irish Schools championship. A year later, she claimed her first major title in the senior category at the national outdoor championships. This was just the beginning!

Adeleke went on to break records and win medals on the international stage. A highlight was her double win in the 100m and 200m at the European U20 Championships in 2021.

Rhasidat Adeleke: boyfriend (personal life)

Despite her success, Adeleke stays focused and keeps pushing herself. She trains hard, driven to reach her full potential and inspire future generations of Irish and Nigerian athletes.

 

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While Adeleke keeps her personal life private, with social media mostly dedicated to athletics, it seems she’s currently single and laser-focused on her blossoming sprinting career.

Rhasidat Adeleke: net worth?

Rhasidat Adeleke is proving to be a powerhouse both on and off the track. While her record-breaking speed has made her a star in the world of athletics, she’s also cultivated a savvy business mind.

By leveraging her growing fame, Adeleke has built a strong personal brand that’s attracted major corporations. This strategic move has resulted in lucrative endorsement deals and sponsorships with companies like Allianz, KPMG, and the sportswear giant Nike.

These partnerships, combined with the prize money and recognition that come with her athletic achievements, have contributed to an estimated net worth between $2-5 million in 2024.

This impressive figure speaks volumes about Adeleke’s potential not just as a world-class sprinter, but also as a future business leader who understands the value of her brand. Indeed, Adeleke is a well-rounded young woman with a bright future ahead of her, both on the track and in the world of business.

Rhasidat Adeleke: achievements

Also, according to the World Athletics Organisation, the Irish-born Nigerian athlete is on the path to greatness based on her impressive records and achievements.

 

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  • World U20 Silver Medalist
  • 1-time European 4x400m Champion
  • 2-time European U20 Champion
  • 1-time European U18 Champion
  • Holds Irish U20 Records
  • Irish Record Holder in 200m and 400m
  • 3-time NCAA Champion
  • 3-time National Champion
  • 1-time National Indoor Champion

 

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As Adeleke looks ahead, she is focused on competing in the 2024 Paris Olympics, where she will represent Ireland. Her goal is to win gold, and the world is excited to see what this exceptional Irish-Nigerian track star will achieve next.

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Benin Republic Defeats Super Eagles, As Nigeria’s Finidi George Fails

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Big upset in African soccer! Nigeria’s Super Eagles, a strong team usually expected to qualify for the World Cup, is in danger of missing out for the first time in decades. The problem? A surprising loss to the Benin Republic, a much less-favoured team nicknamed the “Cheetahs.” This defeat dropped Nigeria to fifth place in their qualifying group. They desperately needed a win to stay on track, but Benin pulled off a shocking 2-1 victory.

Things are looking tough for Nigeria. They’re now four points behind the leader. That gap could widen to five points if another team wins their next match.

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Nigeria Vs South Africa: When And Where To Watch World Cup Qualifying Match

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The Nigerian national football team, nicknamed the Super Eagles, are facing off against South Africa in a World Cup qualifier match. This important game is happening in Nigeria, and the Super Eagles are looking to take the top spot in their group.

This isn’t the first time these two teams have met recently. Earlier this year, Nigeria beat South Africa on penalties during the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semifinal, although they ultimately lost the final to Ivory Coast. The Super Eagles are hoping to repeat their success against South Africa and continue their journey towards qualifying for the 2026 World Cup.

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