Wilson Oruma: Former Super Eagles midfielder makes 1st public appearances at NFF Awards after latest recovery

Wilson Oruma and Femi Opabunmi

Oruma looked dapper in a black suit at the 2018 NFF Awards.

Former Super Eagles midfielder Wilson Oruma made his first public appearance at the NFF Awards on Monday, February 19 after his latest recovery from a mental breakdown.

Oruma’s post-football life has been out of order following the mental breakdown he suffered after he was duped the sum of N1.2b.

The 41-year-old has fully recovered after he was hospitalised following his recent struggles and attended the 2018 NFF Awards at the Eko Hotels and Suites.

Oruma all dapper


The 1996 Olympic Games Gold winner looked very healthy in a dapper suit as he stepped out for the awards.

He came on stage, alongside Femi Opabunmi-another former player who has had it rough in recent times-to present an award.

Following Oruma’s latest ordeal, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) quickly stepped in to help.

After he was released from the hospital, he stayed at the home of NFF president Amaju Pinnick while a three bedroom flat was being arranged for him.

Pinnick had also revealed that the midfielder will be handed a coaching role with the Flying Eagles as they fully integrate him into the Nigerian football family.

Oruma’s career

Oruma had a 17-year career playing for the likes of Lens, Samsunspor, Sochaux and was also a regular for the Super Eagles.

He was one of the breakout stars of the Golden Eaglets that won the 1993 U-17 FIFA World Cup.

Three years later, he was part of the U-23 team that made history by winning the gold medal at the football event of Atlanta 96 Summer Olympic Games.

He also represented the Super Eagles and won two Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) bronze medals (2002 and 2006).

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