—Struggling Ex-Super Eagles Star Laments Lack Of Assistance
By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Golden Eaglets and Super Eagles forward Femi Opabunmi has vowed to stop any of his children who takes to football as a career from representing Nigeria.
News went viral some days ago that Opabunmi, who was the Bronze Ball winner as the third Most Most Valueable Player of the 2001 FIFA U17 World Cup in Trinidad and Tobago, had almost gone blind and is broke.
On a live radio programme on Top Radio FM, Lagos on Friday, Opabunmi insisted that the Nigeria Football Federation abandoned him in his time of need.
Consequently, the former Shooting Stars of Ibadan star says he will stop any of his children who might want to play international football for Nigeria.
“Its a bad story. Sometimes I don’t want to watch Nigerian football because any day I want to do so, I cry,” Opabunmi, who featured for Nigeria at the 2002 FIFA World Cup as a teenager, said.
“I don’t know if the NFF will help me now. I needed their assistance. I will like my children to play professional football in future, but I will not allow them to play for this country.
“My experience brings me bad memories. I will rather encourage them to take up nationalities of other countries and play international football elsewhere.
“I believe in God. If He says they (NFF) will do something for me, they will, and if they can’t, there’s nothing we can do.”
Opabunmi further revealed another interesting side of his life when he was asked about his love relationship with a young girl whom he promised to marry.
It was rumoured that the said girl had laid a curse on the former Nigerian international who jilted her.
“Its not true (that I was cursed). I promised someone that I would marry her but I’m not perfect because I’m a human being,” Opabunmi explained.
Opabunmi some days ago said only Osaze Odemwingie and Seyi Olofinjana were his friends who gave him some money for an eye operation, as well as coach Adegboye Onigbinde.