Former Eagles captain and head coach, ‘Chairman’ Christian Chukwu has expressed a strong air of optimism that he will return to Nigeria in sound health, following surgery and treatment in London.
Chukwu traveled out of Nigeria on Thursday, in company of his wife, sister and a doctor from the medical crew of the Super Eagles, all of who the soccer legend says have encouraged him to remain positive about his chances of making full, concrete recovery.
With that in mind, Chukwu is already thinking on the bright side of life, as he sent out words of gratitude to Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), philanthropists, well-wishers and soccer fans for standing by him.
The 68-year-old, who captained Eagles to their first Africa Cup of Nations title on home soil in 1980, needed $50,000 for treatment overseas.
The NFF then sought financial support for Chukwu, and oil magnate, Mr Femi Otedola donated the required money for his trip abroad, for which the icon has now thanked the soccer governing body’s president, Amaju Pinnick and everyone who rose in support of his need.
Chukwu stated: “I am very happy with the efforts of the Nigeria Football Federation through the President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick.
“I am also grateful for the support and prayers of other Nigerians. I am confident that I will come back to Nigeria having regained sound health.”