Ex-Nigerian international and former Green Eagles captain, Christian Chukwu is seriously ill and needs $50,000 for medical trip abroad to save his life.
The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, disclosed this on Sunday, saying that the body has moved to provide support for Chukwu to overcome his present health challenges and get back on his feet soonest.
President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick, who is in the United Kingdom, told thenff.com on Sunday that he had mandated the Chairman of Enugu State Football Association and Member of the NFF Executive Committee, Hon. Chidi Ofo Okenwa to pay a visit to the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations –winning team captain and get the details of his challenges and what needs to be done to return him to good health.
“I am not in Nigeria presently but I have asked the NFF Acting President, Barr. Seyi Akinwunmi to take full charge and ensure that this matter is treated promptly. It was for this kind of development that I spoke about the welfare foundation for our legends at the 2nd AITEO-NFF Awards in Lagos on 1st April 2019.
“The NFF would always be there to lend support to our legends in their hour of need,” Pinnick said.
Early reports on the health challenges of the former Nigeria defence stalwart indicated that there is need to raise the sum of $50,000 for his round trip to the United States of America, surgery, medication and general after-surgery care.
Christian Chukwu, former Super Eagles defender and coach, is battling prostate cancer, TheCable can report.
Norbert Okonkwo, media officer of Enugu Rangers, who disclosed this said Chukwu had a successful leg surgery five days ago.
“Christian Chukwu has prostate cancer which affected his leg,” Okonkwo told TheCable.
“He had an operation last week and discharged on Thursday but went to stay in a hotel on doctor’s advise to avoid being disturbed by visitors.
“The doctor made this suggestion so that he can recuperate on time. I can confirm to you that Rangers got to know about his situation three weeks ago because the family said they didn’t want it in public space.”
Okonkwo said the club management alerted the governor of Enugu state about the situation, and the governor gave N1.5 million cash for his treatment.
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