The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has reiterated that the football-governing body will soon institute a welfare foundation for former Nigerian international players in order to guarantee ready funding for them in case of unexpected health challenges.
The NFF supremo, also the 1st Vice President of the Confederation of African Football, gave this assurance in London on Thursday, hours after receiving former Nigeria captain Christian Chukwu alongside his wife and sister when he (Chukwu) arrived for medical treatment.
Pinnick said: “You would recall that at the last AITEO/NFF Football Awards in Lagos on 1st April, 2019, we had announced that a welfare foundation would be instituted for our legends to take care of them in times of their need.
“At that time, we didn’t even have any idea that Chukwu would be faced with this kind of health challenge.
“I am happy that he is here now and we have made adequate arrangements for his surgery, medication and general after-surgery care.
“He will get the best treatment possible and we are confident he will return to Nigeria hale, hearty and sound of mind and body.”
Chukwu arrived in London on Thursday in company with his wife, Lilian Nkeiruka; his sister, Edith Chinelo Motanya; and Dr. Ibrahim Gyaran, who is medical doctor of the Super Eagles.
He will have the surgery and immediate after-surgery care at the Wellington Hospital on Circus Road, St. John’s Woods.