Femi Opabunmi: Former Nigerian star cries for help, will Nigeria/Nigerians answer?
Published:1 Nov, 2012
Femi Opabunmi: A sad story Nigerians can re-write
This is a sad story about Femi Opabunmi. I am sure you will remember him. He played U17 for Nigeria and also played at 2002 World Cup in Korea/Japan…he’s losing his sight. He has been getting some support in piece meals. He needs help urgently and it’d help to amplify his cry for help to those in the football authority and well meaning Nigerians.
Read words from Femi Opabunmi, former U-17 player who played for Nigeria at the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship, Trindad and Tobago, where he scored a hat-trick against Australia and won himself the Silver Shoe as second highest goals corer and also the Bronze Ball as third best player in the tournament.
Femi was a participant at the 2002 FIFA World Cup playing against England in the last group stage match becoming the 3rd youngest player to ever play in the World Cup finals after Norman Whiteside and Samuel Eto’o.
“In December 2006, I was training one day when suddenly I felt a sharp pain in my eyes. I could not see the ball again,”
“My vision became blurred and I decided to see an optician. The woman told me that in a few days, I could be blind if I did not have surgery, I went for it and the surgeon said it was a success.”
” The bill was so much that I was forced to contact a few of my friends. Osaze Odemwingie and Seyi Olofinjana responded by sending some money to me. Others did not even reply my mails or called to know how I was feeling.”
“I was expecting to see again but there was no improvement. I visited the doctor and other hospitals in Paris without a solution. They told me that my problem was a complex case that I was too young for such a painful experience”.
On returning home…
“I went to Ojulowo Eye Clinic in Ibadan but I had no money to pay
the bill. When Onigbinde heard about my return to Nigeria, he called me and helped me. He paid my bill at Ojulowo but the problem was only solved halfway”.
A couple of weeks back it was reported the Honourable Dapo Lam Adeshina gave the for Shooting Stars player 500,000 naira.
The player truly needs assistance from all football loving Nigerians.
He will surely appreciate it. You can contribute your own quota to his account First bank Account No: 3058788201 Name: Opabunmi Femi.
PS: His sight is abnormal and extremely poor especially at night (Total blindness can still be avoided)