BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA.
Former Nigerian football stars are dismayed following reports of relapse of emotional disorder suffered by former Golden Eaglets’ captain, Wilson Oruma.
Completesportsnigeria.com had reported that Oruma who later featured for the gold medal-winning Nigerian squad at the Atlanta ’96 Olympics as well as the France ’98 Super Eagles was reportedly duped of N1.2b investment six years ago.
He subsequently became emotionally unstable and had to seek various forms of treatments. However, Completesportsnigeria.com reports that the emotional disorder has relapsed.
The publication quoted Emakpor Dibofun, a close friend of the player who led Nigeria to win the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1993 as saying that Oruma’s condition had gone from bad to worst.
“Wilson Oruma hasn’t really recovered from the emotional disorder which he suffered after he was duped.
“He has been to several places in search of lasting solution, but it gets worse after a bit of improvement”.
He played alongside Nwankwo Kanu, Celestine Babayaro at the Japan’ 93 when Nigeria won the world u-17 title of the second time.
He also played with Austin Okocha, Victor Ikpeba, Sunday Oliseh and Taribo West among other in the record-setting Nigeria’s feat at the Atlanta ’96 Olympics. He also played for Nigeria at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Oruma, a midfielder, last played for Nigeria in the away 1-0 defeat of Lesotho in Maseru in a qualifying match for Ghana 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.
Dosu Joseph, the goalkeeper when Nigeria won the Atlanta ’96 Olympics told www.sportsvillagesquare.com that he had not been able to ascertain the situation regarding Oruma but
“It will be sad seeing him suffering in such way. I just hope he got helping hands from soccer loving Nigerians” Dosu remarked. Some other notable Nigerian football icons www.sportsvillagesquare contacted expressed similar feelings. They are Teslim Fatusi, Victor Ikpeba and Mutiu Adepoju.