In Nigeria, you are ‘On Your Own’

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After a busy workday on Monday 8 April 2019, I went online to read news that made headline during the day, lo and behold, I came across a Guardian headline, which states, “Nigerians solicit support for ailing Christian Chukwu as NFF weighs in”.

The Guardian story disclosed that Chukwu, a former Nigerian football captain, was going through one of his worst moments since he quit active football in 1981.

It stated that the 1980 African Nations Cup winning captain was bedridden by an undisclosed ailment, which limited his ability to move by himself and needs help, up to the tune of $50,000 for medical treatment aboard. The proposed sum was to cater for Chukwu’s treatment, round trip flight from Nigeria to the U.S. and general spending after-surgery.

According to the report, some of his associates were able to raise funds little by little for the former Super Eagles’ coach through the ‘GoFund Me’ platform.

Benson Ejindu, patron of Ex-Enugu Rangers Players Association, said it would be unfortunate if Nigeria lost its former captain because it could not provide $50,000 for his treatment.

He lamented that former players like Kenneth Ilodigwe, Christian Madu, Kelechi Emeteole and others, would have lived longer if they had received help for medical treatment on time.

During his active football days, Chukwu captained the senior national team of Nigeria as they won their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations in 1980, receiving the brand new Unity Cup from then President Shehu Shagari. He also captained the Enugu Rangers FC team that won the Africa Cup Winners’ Cup in 1977.

Nicknamed ‘Chairman’ for the authority he exuded as he marshalled the defense and launched onslaughts on the opposition defense for club and country, Chukwu also served as assistant coach of the first team to … Read More...