Billioanire businessman, Femi Otedola, has offered to foot the medical bill of ailing former Super Eagles’ coach, Christian Chukwu.
In a chat with The Cable, Otedola said he will foot the entire cost of the operation as a “token of support to a great Nigerian who served his country to the best of his ability”.
Chukwu, one of Nigeria’s most influential footballers in history who captained the national team to their first Africa Cup of Nations title in 1980, is suffering from prostate cancer which has affected his leg. Although the surgery on his leg has been done, he reportedly needs an additional $50,000 for the prostate operation.
The Enugu state government has since donated N1.5 million for the leg surgery.
Between 2002 and 2005, Chukwu was head coach of the Super Eagles, leading the team to bronze medal at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia.
Otedola previously settled the medical bills of the veteran actor, Victor Olaotan, who was at risk of double amputation following a ghastly car accident in 2016
NFF Deligates at Christain Chukwu’s house
Representatives of the Nigeria Football Federation haveformer Super Eagles Coach Christian Chukwu. The President of the Nigeria Football Governing Body, Amaju Pinnick has pledged that the Federation will support Chukwu in this hard time.
“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,” Pinnick told thenff.com
“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.”