Erstwhile Super Eagles star Femi Opabunmi revealed how Pastors, Alfa, and others defraud him in a bid for him to regain his sight.
Opabunmi who scored the goal that enable Nigeria to win the African U-17 Championships in 2001 replacing Collins Osunwa who was out with an injury and he became Nigeria’s key player at 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship where he scored a hat-trick against Australia and won the Silver Shoe as the second highest goalscorer and winning the Bronze Ball as third best player in the competition.
He made his debut in 2002 against Kenya scoring Nigeria second goal in a 3-0 win, and was additionally a key member of Adegboye Onigbinde team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, playing against England in the last group stage game becoming the third most youngest player to ever play in the World Cup finals after Norman Whiteside and Samuel Eto’o. From that point, he has not been called again to the Super Eagles
The 32-year-old who ply trade with a few clubs in Europe, such as, Grasshoppers Zürich (Switzerland), Hapoel Be’er Sheva (Isreal) and Chamois Niortais (France) before retiring back home to Shooting Stars, and since then been battling with a mysterious sight issue reveal that the problem began in France while training with second division side Niort which put a stop to his career despite undergoing an eye surgery in 2008.
“Many believed I was cursed, even my mother because in Paris the doctors medically said there was nothing wrong with my eyes.
“Funds were given to me to survive by my former teammates (including Osaze Odemwingie) and well wishers. I gave pastors some of the money hoping that if I got healed I would start afresh with a coaching career.
“I visited several churches and mountains in search of a cure but it never happened. They duped me of my small cash. I paid more that 400 thousand Naira to pastors to see that I got cured but nothing happened.