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Oparanozie makes scoring return on Plumptre debut as Nigeria pip Olimpija

Oparanozie makes scoring Falcons return

Desire Oparanozie made a goalscoring return in her first Nigeria match since June 2019 on Ashleigh Plumptre's debut as they defeated Slovenian giants Olimpija Ljubljana 1-0 in an unofficial friendly fixture.

The Dijon striker made an immediate return to the Super Falcons' starting XI on Friday in Vienna after reuniting with her teammates since a two-year long absence for administrative reasons.

Besides Oparanozie, Sundsvall striker Ebere Orji Eskilstuna United midfielder Ngozi Okobi and Paris goalkeeper Chiamaka Nnadozie were also making a return for the first time since missing out of action since October 2019.

Friday's match in Vienna was a wrap up test match for the West African nation following a eight-day training camp ahead of their upcoming international engagements, beginning with the Aisha Buhari Cup in September.

Oparanozie continued with her fine form from Dijon as she found the back of the net 16 minutes into the encounter to hand the Africans the lead from a free kick spot against the Slovenian aide at Vosendorf Stadium.

Despite six changes at half time, the introduction of Joy Bokiri for Rita Chikwelu, Gift Monday for Okobi, Ebere Orji for Uchenna Kanu Nicole for Chidinma Okeke, Ini Umotong for Oparanozie and Yewande Balogun for Nnadozie did not mar the Super Falcons bid for a slim win over the Dragons.

And British born Leicester City defender Plumptre, who made her maiden appearance for Nigeria, along with American born goalkeeper Yewande.

 

No actions for Bayelsa Queens goalkeeper Onyinyechi Okeke, Zurich's Onyinyechi Zogg, BK Hackens' Evelyn and Josephine Ijeh, while Levante star Francisca Ordega and Houston Dash woman Michelle Alozie had earlier been permitted to return to their various clubs.

No actions for Bayelsa Queens goalkeeper Onyinyechi Okeke, Evelyn and Josephine Ijeh, while Levante star Francisca Ordega and Houston Dash woman Michelle Alozie had earlier been permitted to return to their various clubs.

With victorious outing, the Super Falcons camping has come to an exciting end in Austria as players and officials are scheduled to return to their various bases on Saturday, July 24. 

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