Former Nigerian footballer Kingsley Obiekwu says he is thrilled by Nigerians’ outpouring of support at his time dire need of help.

Mr Obiekwu was part of the Nigerian squad that won the men’s football gold medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

When things got tough, he said he was obliged to start a commercial transportation business.

The news of his plight sparked outrage across the country, with Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa among the first to give him financial assistance.

 The former FCIU coach expressed his gratitude to Nigerians who replied across ethnic and religious lines to NAN in Awka on Monday.

“I am happy for the way Nigerians rallied round me, their genuine concern and financial support.

“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,” he said.

The 47-year-old stated that the cash donations would be used to further create wealth for him.

He did, however, advise young athletes to invest their money while they were still playing, pointing out that sports wealth is fleeting.

“Sportsmen and sportswomen need good investment sense. They should also try to get good education which will make them remain relevant,” the former player said.