Former Super Eagles coach, Christian Chukwu, has spoken from his hospital bed in Enugu. 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.
Christian Chukwu who spoke with a Vanguard reporter on phone, said;
“I sincerely thank Nigerians for their concern on my health. By the grace of God I’ll be back on my feet. It, however, feels bad that people have created controversy over my health. It doesn’t feel good. I have not been abandoned. The Enugu State Government has been helpful and I appreciate them. My friend, Benson Ejindu who lives in USA and who is patron of Ex Rangers players has been tremendous too. He directed that I be brought to this hospital where I am now.
He contacted them and moved me to this place. I did not tell anybody that I have been abandoned. Ejindu did not also tell anybody that Enugu State Government has abandoned me. Nobody has said that. So, I don’t know where this controversy is coming from.”
“Ejindu is the biggest patron of Rangers. He made it possible for me to be in this hospital. He comes with a clean mind to help and this controversy is not necessary. The commissioner and the state government have shown tremendous concern. The governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has been wonderful and Ejindu has been of great help, so why all these? My prayer is for all to be well and I can’t thank Nigerians enough for their concern.”