NFF pledges medical support for Christian Chukwu

President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has assured that the football house will provide support for Christian Chukwu, former Nigeria national team captain and coach, to overcome his present health challenges Sportstalkafrica.com reports.

As a first step towards supporting Chukwu, Pinnick who is in the United Kingdom, said on Sunday that he has mandated the Chairman of Enugu State Football Association and member of the NFF Executive Committee, Hon. Chidi Ofo Okenwa, to visit the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations-winning team captain to ascertain 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 who is on his way to Cairo, Egypt, for final inspection of facilities and draw ceremony for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals, as well as meetings of the AFCON organizing committee and CAF Executive Committee assured.

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. A patron of Chukwu’s former club, Enugu Rangers FC, Mr. Benson Ezeomeogo Ejindu made this known in a Facebook post seeking to raise funds for the legend.

Christian Chukwu captained the senior national team of Nigeria as they won their first –ever Africa Cup of Nations title 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 defence and launched onslaughts on the opposition defence for club and country, Chukwu also served as assistant coach of the first team to win a FIFA World Cup trophy for Nigeria – the Golden Eaglets that triumphed at the FIFA U16 World Cup in China in 1985.

He was also assistant coach of the team widely known as the Golden Generation – the 1994 Class of Super Eagles that qualified Nigeria for her first FIFA World Cup finals, won the Africa Cup of Nations title and reached the Round of 16 at the FIFA World Cup in America. He also Head Coach of the Super Eagles between 2002 and 2005, leading the team to win bronze medal at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia


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