Bbnaija: Boma Narrates How Football Career-Ending Injury Led To Depression


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Big Brother Naija ‘shine ya eye’ exhousemate, Boma Akpore has narrated how an ankle injury led to the end of his career in football and also plunged him into months of depression.

The reality star in an interview with TV host, Chide Jideonwo, spoke about his brief football career.

Boma narrated that people promised to help him leave Nigeria and relocate to New York but those promises failed because the people who made the pledges stopped communicating with him.

In a bid to find a solution to his problem, he laid his hands on many things which included football.

He said:“I went to Poland, played in a small club, put myself together. I went back to Belgium from where I had contact with an agent, now to Scottish Premiership. I had a small injury I was nursing.”

“I usually don’t get injuries. If I’ll get injured, maybe muscular injuries at the gym or something. I kicked the floor and that muscle, that was it, men. I was trying. They injected me in that spot while I was in Scotland.”

“I had to sign, I was already there, man. Despite the injection, the pain wouldn’t leave. Whether climbing the stairs or riding a bike, I felt it. I tried that week, I couldn’t. That injury just never left. In all my games, I couldn’t run well.

“Everyone including the agent was disappointed. It wasn’t my fault. That pushed me into serious, heavy depression. I still get messages in my inbox saying, ‘I didn’t believe you would leave football after everything you did’.”

Boma describing the period as a “defining moment” in his life. He indicated that he was depressed for seven months in the United States.

“That injury was a career-ending injury. I packed my bag, left Scotland, and went back to Belgium to pack my other bag. I was back in the United States. 2017, March 8. That was the end of my career in football”.

“My depression was bad. I would just wake up and sit on the floor. I’m not moving. Seven months. I didn’t want to do anything. My friend told me, ‘Bro, you can’t be living like this. There are people in Nigeria depending on you,” he added.


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