Glittering ray of Hope as come to former first National team captain to win the African Cup of Nations for Nigeria, Chairman Christian Chukwu as the Chief Executive Officer, Forte Oil Plc, Femi Otedola, has donated N18 million for the foreign medical trip of ailing former Super Eagles coach, Christian Chukwu.
In another development, the Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has directed the immediate employment of Emeka Chukwu, the first son of ailing former Super Eagles coach, Christian Chukwu into its civil service fold.
The State Commissioner for Sports, Josef Udedi made the announcement after a closed door meeting between the delegation and the family of Chukwu.
Udedi said that the engineering graduate would be given automatic employment by the state government.
On his part, Pinnick said that the NFF would approve an appointment for the former skipper of the Green Eagles as a Life Ambassador of the organisation.
He said that the management of the NFF would work out a stipend that would be paid to him.
Udedi said that the football house was desirous of improving the welfare of ex-internationals.
He said that one of the objectives of the proposed NFF Foundation was to build a database of every player that represented the country whether in the past or in time to come.
Otedola, who was represented by the Chairman of Otedola Foundation, Phillip Akinola, made the donation yesterday during a visit to the Enugu residence of Chukwu.
He said that his foundation would do everything possible to ensure that the skipper of the Green Eagles regained his health.
He added that the medical trip of the former coach and current Technical Director of Rangers International FC, would be under the supervision of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Earlier, the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, said that the organisation was appreciative of all those that made them aware of the health challenges of Chukwu.
Pinnick described Chukwu as a living legend, adding that the NFF would not allow him to die.
He said that it was a situation like that that made the NFF under his administration to set up a foundation to cater for ex-footballers.
“Without players there will not be NFF. The foundation will take care of him. We believe it is not just the responsibility of the state government alone,” he said.
Pinnick said that the NFF was making consultation to fly Chukwu to London for surgery.
“This cheque is to take care of his medical surgery. We are in touch with the British Consular to arrange the trip,” Amaju said.
Responding, the son of the former coach, Emeka Chukwu, thanked the donor and the NFF for their interests in his father’s illness. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the delegation comprising Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and members of the State Executive Council, after the visit proceeded to Nikea Specialist Hospital to access the medical records of Chukwu for onward transmission to a London hospital.