A former Super Eagles player, Wilson Oruma’s mental health is still suffering, years after he was reportedly duped by a pastor.
Oruma was a member of Nigeria’s iconic team to the Atlanta ’96 Olympics, playing alongside stars like Nwankwo Kanu and Jay Jay Okocha.
Oruma played most of his club football in France for clubs like Sochaux and Marseille, and eventually retired from football in 2010.
Two years after, he was reportedly defrauded by a clergyman and some fake oil businessmen, losing a whooping sum of N1.2 billion.
Per Complete Sports, he’s never recovered from the incident, and his situation seems to be getting worse.
“Wilson (Oruma) hasn’t really recovered from the emotional disorder which he suffered after he was duped,” a friend of his told the newspaper. “He has been to several places in search of a lasting solution, but it gets worse after a bit of improvement.”
A former Nigeria international and former Chairman of Lagos State Football Association, Waidi Akanni, also added that plans by Oruma’s ex teammates to help resuscitate him to normal life is ongoing.
“We have contacted some of his colleagues whom he played with during his days at the national team and there have been positive news regarding what we are trying to do,” Akanni told Complete Sports.
“But nothing more I can discuss publicly just yet, but he needs help. We just pray all goes well, so we can help him out of this precarious situation.”