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NFF moves to support ailing ex-international, Christian Chukwu

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has moved to provide support for former Nigeria star and coach Christian Chukwuemeka Chukwu who is currently very sick.

Earlier reports on Sunday had it that the former defender of the Green Eagles and captain of the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations-winning team is in need of the sum of $50,000 to carter for his health challenge.

The stated amount is meant to pay for Chukwu’s round trip to the United States of America, his surgery, medication and general after-surgery care.

But according to a statement on NFF website on Sunday, the President of the Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick is now aware of the matter and has given instructions to relevant authorities.

“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 said.

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“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,” he added.

Pinnick, who is also 1st Vice President of CAF and President of AFCON, is on his way to Cairo, Egypt for final inspection of facilities for this year’s Nations Cup finals, as well as meetings of the AFCON organizing committee and CAF Exco ahead of Friday’s draw ceremony for the championship.

Chukwu, who captained the Enugu Rangers FC team that won the Africa Cup Winners’ Cup in 1977, currently works as an adviser at the club.

Between 2002 and 2005, Chukwu was head coach of the Super Eagles, leading the team to win bronze medal at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia.

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