Former Super Eagles captain and coach, Christian Chukwu, is very sick and in dire need of support to enable him get medical attention overseas, according to the Grand Patron of ex-Enugu Rangers Players Association, Benson Ejindu, Completesports.com reports.
Chukwu, who as a player, led the Super Eagles to their first ever Africa Cup of Nations title on home soil in 1980 needs financial assistance to offset the cost of surgeries and treatments to restore his debilitating health.
The Enugu Rangers legend need the sum of $50,000 for a trip to the United States where he will undergo surgery and all the medical expenses.
Ejindu, who is the Grand Patron of Ex-Enugu Rangers Players Association, both in Nigeria and all over the world, a gofundme account has been opened for Chukwu, and as at the time of this report the sum of $2,450 has been donated to this cause by individuals.
“Former players like the late Kenneth Ilodigwe, Christian Madu, Kelechi Emetole, and others who have passed on could have lived longer, if more hands were on deck to help with their health issues,” Ejindu was quoted on the gofundme page opened for Chukwu.
Meanwhile, The hierarchy of NPFL club Enugu Rangers, says the club and Enugu State Government did not abandon their ailing Legend, Christian ‘Chairman’ Chukwu.
The media, especially the social media, has been awash with suggestions that the club turned their faces away from their former captain and coach who steered the side to several domestic and international trophy successes in his critical moment of need of support.
“Rangers management and the state government under the leadership of His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi have been up and doing since coach Christian Chukwu (MFR) was hit with this health challenge,” Owumi said in the statement.
“We, Rangers, made the initial deposit for his admission for medical attention at Nike Clinic, GRA, Enugu and after informing the state government of his condition, the sum of One million, five hundred thousand naira (N1, 500, 000) only was made available to his family for treatment which has been carried out and he is right now in a hotel recovering from the treatment carried out on him.”
“Christian Chukwu is a legend and our governor holds him in very high esteem and takes whatever concerns him with high regard.
“So, it beats me hollow why some media channels would resort to unfounded stories that he was abandoned.
“We did not want to make the efforts of Enugu state government and Rangers in this case public, because his family never wanted his condition a public affair”.
Chukwu, a former Kenya national team coach and SAFA FC, Lebanon manager had been hit by prostrate cancer following knee injury he picked during his illustrious playing career.
He captained then Green Eagles to Nigeria’s first Africa Cup of Nations win in Lagos, March 22, 1980.
As a coach, he assisted Sebastian Brodricks-Imasuen to win the inaugural Kodak/FIFA U17 World Cup in 1985 in China.