Femi Opabunmi 'How fake Pastors, Imams duped me' - Blind ex-Super Eagles winger

Opabunmi said he returned to Nigeria in search of healing after doctors in France could not proffer medical solution to his visual impairment.

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Former Super Eagles winger Femi Opabunmi has revealed how he was duped by pastors and Imams in the name of curing him of partial blindness.

Opabunmi, who was one of the best players at the 2001 FIFA U-17 World Cup where he helped Nigeria reach the final, said he returned to Nigeria in search of healing after doctors in France could not proffer medical solution to his visual impairment.

Speaking to Complete Sports Nigeria, the winger said he suddenly lost his sight during training with his French second division side Niort in 2006.

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"Many believed I was cursed, even my mother because in Paris the doctors medically said there was nothing wrong with my eyes," Opabunmi said.

"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 than 400k (N400, 000) to pastors to see that I got cured but nothing happened. I also went to see some Imams as well. But they all turned out to be false men of God who duped me all the way."

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