By Yemi Bakare,
Nigerians have continued to react to the shocking and sad story concerning Wilson Oruma, former Super Eagles star who lost the fortune he made from playing football and is currently allegedly suffering from mental depression.
Since few days ago, when the news hit the social media, Nigerians have been reacting in so many ways.
While some said human beings can be so wicked, others advised that it is important to be careful and do due diligence before entering into any business partnership with others. But there is no disputing the fact that everyone wanted the footballer back on his feet. According to some, after Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Oruma was their next preferred dribbler in the Super Eagles team.
The midfield player became a national hero when he featured for Nigeria’s U-17 team, the Golden Eaglets in Japan 2013, a tournament which the team won.
He would later play for the U-23 team and the Super Eagles.
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Aside winning the U-17 trophy, he also won Olympic Gold with the Dream Team at Atlanta 1996 and won two bronze medals at the African Cup of Nations in 2002 and 2006.
However, despite his football exploits, Wilson Oruma the Delta state-born former footballer is broke. Sadly, a number of Nigerian footballers, after ending their careers, ran into troubled times. The story of the late Rashidi Yekini, Nigeria’s goal king, also comes to mind. His condition at the time he died was pathetic.
Meanwhile, Wilson Oruma is said to have been allegedly duped of a whopping sum of N1.2 billion by an unknown pastor in 2012. Since then, Oruma has not remained the same again.
Austin Popo, General Secretary, National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers, in an online post, suggested that some meetings have already started among some of Oruma’s former colleagues to see in what ways they could help rehabilitate him.
POSTERITY MEDIA reliably gathered that former Super Eagles captains, Augustine Eguavoen, Samson Siasia and Nwankwo Kanu, have all agreed to participate in a fundraising football gain towards aiding the recovery of their former teammate.
We also learnt that the former footballers hope to use the game to share their experiences with current and upcoming players on how well to manage their finances and life after retiring from the football.
Oruma particularly spent long years in France during his football years. Oruma played for RC Lens, Nancy, Samsunspor, Nines, Servette, Sochaux, Marseille and Guingamp and Kavala FC of Greece before he retired in November 2010.