Former Nigeria international Kingsley Obiekwu says he will use donations received from far and wide as capital for new business endeavours.
Obiekwu, a member of the Nigerian team which won the men’s football gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, had caught the nation’s attention in February when he spoke with the press about his ordeal.
He said he was forced to go into commercial transport when life became tougher for him.
However, speaking with NAN in Anambra State on Monday, the former footballer said he was overwhelmed by the support he got from Nigerians.
“I am happy for the way Nigerians rallied round me, their genuine concern and financial support,” he said.
“Again, I want to especially appreciate Ahmed Musa, the Super Eagles captain, as well as Ikechukwu Ujomu, Idewu Okeze, both from my town Ibuzo in Delta, and many other Nigerians too numerous to mention.
“My help came from every part of Nigeria. They were united in giving me a new lease of life. I thank them all. They are wonderful.”
Again, Obiekwu advised young players to invest their earnings while active, noting that sports income was transitory.