Christian Chukwu, a former captain of the Green Eagles (now known as the Super Eagles) is reportedly down with an unknown ailment.
The former Eagles tactician is said to be set for treatment in the United States after Benson Ezeomeogo Ejindu, a patron of the Rangers Football Club, raised the sum of $50,000 to facilitate his treatment.
His current situation was disclosed by Ejindu, who told The Nigerian Xpress Sports that donations have been pouring in for his treatment.
“For all the lovers of football (soccer), especially those who love African football, one of the legends of that sport is in dire need of medical attention. Christian “Chairman” Chukwu, who captained the famous Enugu Rangers International FC and the Nigeria national team in the 1970s and early 1980s, needs a different type of support – your financial support.
“Your support, no matter how small, will offset the cost of surgeries and treatments to restore his debilitating health,” Ejindu wrote on Facebook.
Chukwu was the first Nigerian captain to lift the African Nations Cup trophy after a 3-0 victory over Algeria in the final of the 1980 tournament.
Chukwu started his coaching career in Lebanon in the mid-1990s, before being appointed coach of the Kenya national team in 1998. Later, from 2003 to 2005, he coached Nigeria, leading them to reach semifinals at the 2004 African Cup of Nations. During the 2006 World Cup qualification phase, Chukwu was blamed for inept coaching and management of the Nigerian national football team, and two matches before the qualifying campaign was over, he was suspended.
In two matches – home and away – against eventual group winners Angola, Nigeria failed to win either one of those two encounters. This was blamed on Chukwu and those two crucial failures eventually led to Nigeria failing to qualify for the World Cup, after having appeared at all World Cup finals tournaments since their debut in 1994.
Chukwu coached Enugu Rangers to 6th place in the 2008-2009 edition of the Nigeria Premier League. However, he was sacked on 5 August 2009 for failing to reach the club’s targets for the season.
With additional information from Wikipedia