By EmmanueL Onminyi with Agency report,
Former Super Eagles stars, including Austin Eguavoen, Taribo West and Nwankwo Kanu, have agreed to take part in a charity football game to raise funds to aid their former colleague, Wilson Oruma.
Oruma has made the headlines due to recent mental disorder following his huge financial loss.
The former Golden Eaglets captain allegedly lost most of his money after he was swindled six years ago in a failed business deal, thereby leading to depression, and deterioration in health.
The Chairman of the Lagos State Football Association, Waidi Akanni, revealed that the planned Charity game to help Oruma has been proposed to hold in Lagos in February.
He said he is confident more ex-internationals will make themselves available to help one of their own.
The 41-year-old Oruma had an illustrious career playing most of his club football in France where he represented many top clubs including Lens, Marseille, and Sochaux as well as a handful of other European teams.
Aside from his successes in club football, Oruma also had it good playing for Nigeria right from the Under 17 side to the national team- the Super Eagles.
He was allegedly defrauded by a clergyman and some fake oil businessmen to the tune of N1.2 billion in December 2012; a development that has seen his life take a serious turn for the worse.
“Aside from playing the Charity match to help Oruma, we will are also intending to use the medium to share our experiences to the current players on how well to manage their finances and prepare well for life after football,” the Lagos FA boss declared.
In the mean time, the General Secretary, National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers, Austin Popo, hinted that steps are being taken to quicken Oruma’s rehabilitation.
“We have had series of close door meetings to see how we can address the issue. I discussed with Sam Sodje who confirmed to me that he had put a call to Chairman of Delta State Sports Commission.”