Lagos State Football Association (FA) chairman, Waidi Akanni, has confirmed that there would be a charity match for former Super Eagles midfield maestro Wilson Oruma.
Mr. Akanni also revealed that the aforementioned charity match will hold in February.
Former Super Eagles players like Kanu Nwankwo, Samson Siasia and Austin Eguavoen are expected to feature prominently.
Oruma has reportedly been suffering from mental and health issues after a pastor that was introduced to him by his wife duped the former Sochaux star to the tune of N1.2bn.
The pastor was said to have duped the 41-year old alongside some fake oil businessmen in 2012.
Speaking about Oruma via premiumtimesng.com, Mr. Akanni said: “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.”
In a related development, the General Secretary, National Association of Nigerian Professional Footballers (NANF), Austin Popo, has revealed that steps have already been initiated to facilitate Oruma’s rehabilitation.
In his words via an online post, Popo said: “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.”
“Two days behind, I also had a discussion with Clement Temile and Joshua Khator. Apart from being members of the players Union, they are also ex-internationals from Delta State, the same state of Wilson, it is sad. We hope to coordinate all relevant stakeholders to give their support in bringing him back to normalcy.” he added.