Cry For Help: Two Former Golden Eaglets Players’ Chukwuma Nwaoha, Sani Emmanuel In Critical Conditions

November 22 07:27 2019

Nwaoha won the then-U-16 World Cup with Nigeria in 1985. Photo source: Nairaland

The world was at their feet, they made Nigerians happy. One was among the history making National U.16 team that stunned the world by winning the first ever FIFA U.16 World cup donated by Kodak. He was a marvel to watch in the mid field with his white head band, but when the world expected him to flourish, he went into oblivious. Today, he is lying critically ill at the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia, diagnosised with a liver related ailment. His name is Chukwuma Nwaoha. He hails from Mbubo in Umunna Nsulu Autonymous Community of Abia State.

For Sani Emmanuel, the FIFA Golden Ball winner of the 2009 U.17 World cup hosted by Nigeria, his case is also pathetic, though he is not lying critically ill in the hospital, but he needs a life line to survive. Nigerians expected much from him after the John Obu led team finished second behind Switzerland at the tournament, but Sani was exceptional with his goal scoring prowess winning the FIFA golden ball with 5 goals. When the chips were down, and Nigerians expected the young man to flourish like his colleagues Ogenyi Onazi, Kenneth Omeruo, Ramon Azeez, the player is today crying for help.

After the FIFA tournament, the Kaduna born player can only boast of holding a record of playing 24 minutes in an Israeli club. He is down with a toe injury that forced him out of the game.

For Chukwumah Nwaoha who is critically down with a liver disease in Umuahia, his team mates were Nduka Ugbade, Jonathan Akpoborire, Fatal Atere, Binebi Numa and others.

He is currently on admission at the Federal Medical Center (FMC) in Umuahia, Abia State and needs immediate surgery as he battles for his life.

Nwaoha does not have the needed money to carry out the surgery and is pleading on Nigerians to help him.

Following the team’s win at the World Cup in 1985, Nwaoha had a street named after him at the Housing Estate Owerri.

REVEALED: How Golden Eaglets 2009 FIFA U-17 Golden Ball Winner Quit Football Five Years After

26 years old Sani Emmanuel has revealed recently why he quit football four years ago when he was largely expected to go on and make himself a fine career.

Emmanuel has been without a club since he was released by a Jerusalem club in the 2014–15 season.

Quoting his words, Sani said“I had problems with my feet, even during the tournament in 2009. If you remember, I often played in the second half because the pain was unbearable.
After the World Cup, I could not play at all because I had pulled too much on the hamstring playing with pain. Then I had to stop my career. Even today, it still hurts on the front of the foot.” He said he had tried to reach out to his colleagues, only a very few responded minimally. He said that even his efforts to establish an Academy failed, as there were no financial back up.

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