BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA.
Former Super Eagles’ forward, Victor Ikpeba has told www.sportsvillagesquare.com of plans by some past national team players to organize a charity match to assist the emotionally distressed Wilson Oruma into recovery path.
Oruma, who captained the Golden Eaglets to their second world title victory in 1993, has been undergoing emotional distress following reported duping of investments valued at N1.2billion six years ago.
His situation has attracted attention by many football followers who wish the situation does not get to the level that cost Rashidi Yekini his life.
Victor Ikpeba who played alongside Oruma in the France ’98 class of Super Eagles told www.sportsvillagesquare that “plans are going on to make sure Oruma regain his lost property. No one will be happy to a see a friend or fellow legend that has done much for Nigeria football to keep facing tough challenges of life.
“We, his former team mates hope to organise a fund raising match next month. The likes of Nwankwo Kanu, Austin Okocha, Emmanuel Amuneke, Taribo West and host of others will feature. I am sure the Lagos F.A and Delta F.A where Oruma originated from will also drum support”, said Ikpeba who was African Footballer of the year 1997.
He also stated his group plans an orientation program which will be made to reshape the thinking of Nigerian footballers to spend wisely.
“We are also going to make sure the novelty match attracts an orientation programme, which will help footballers on how to invest and spend their income wisely. I feel for some ex footballers who have been duped.
“Scammers are everywhere and anybody can run into their trap. I just urge Nigeria footballers to be watchful and I hope the novelty match yield a positive result for him.”