Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Nigerian former midfielder Wilson Oruma was born December 30, 1976 in Warri, Nigeria. He played most of his career in France, after arriving at RC Lens from Bendel Insurance in 1994. A season after being loaned to Nancy, he returned to Lens and played seven matches during their 1997–98 Ligue 1 title campaign.
He represented Nigeria at the 1998 FIFA World Cup after which he moved to Turkish side Samsunspor, returning to France one year later to play for Nîmes. In 2000, Oruma was transferred to Swiss side Servette playing two season before coming back to France again, where he played until 2009 for Sochaux, Marseille and Guingamp.
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He won the 2003–04 Coupe de la Ligue with Sochaux and the 2008–09 Coupe de France with Guingamp, despite them being a Ligue 2 club at the time. He was handed a trial by Cardiff City – a club based in Wales but who play in the English football league system – in the summer of 2008 and scored in a 2–2 pre-season friendly at Chasetown, but was not awarded a contract due to a lack of fitness.
Oruma was part of the Nigeria under-17 team which won the 1993 FIFA U-17 World Championships, captaining his side and becoming the tournament’s top goalscorer with 6 goals. He also was part of the Dream Team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1996, and also a member of the Nigerian squad at the 2002 and 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, finishing both competitions at third place.
Oruma retired from professional football in 2010 after a season with Greek club AO Kavala.