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Atlanta ’96 Gold Medalist, Kingsley Ubiekwu, Becomes Taxi Driver


By Sani Wilson Enemona

Kingsley Obiekwu, who was a member of the Atlanta 1996 Olympics Golden Dream Team, has disclosed in an interview that he uses his only car for commercial transport to sustain his family due to his financial plight.

The former player who played for Rangers International FC, Enugu and Udoji United in his days, said he went into transport business to sustain his family.

“I am a commercial transporter. There is nothing to hide about it. Man has to do what is legal to pay his family bills.

“I have coached Rangers International FC, Ifeanyi Ubah FC, Delta Force FC, Asaba; Giant Brila and also Union Sportif, Krake, Republic of Benin. All of them owe me.

“I am disappointed with the setup in Nigeria. How can employers owe you and nobody is doing anything about it? Even my home state, Delta, has refused to pay me. If I can get the cumulative of what they owe me, I won’t be in this mess”, Obiekwu told newsmen.

Obiekwu regretted that most of the promises made to the Atlanta ’96 Dream Team for winning the Olympic football gold had not been redeemed. He mentioned Delta and Niger states among those that failed to redeem their pledges to the team.

Born on 12 November 1974, Obiekwu played for Udorji United, Go-Ahead Eagles, Al-Ahli, Enugu Rangers, Al-Masry, among others. He also coached USS Krake and Ingas FC.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles captain, Ahmed Musa, was moved by news of the financial plight of Obiekwu and has supported him financially with the sum of two million naira.

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