Enugu Rangers say Christian Chukwu does not need surgery abroad after undergoing treatment for an undisclosed ailment in Enugu.
On Sunday, Grand Patron of Ex-Enugu Rangers Players Association, Benson Ejindu, said Chukwu, who captained the national team to their first ever Africa Cup of Nations title on home soil in 1980, was very sick and in urgent need of support to enable him get medical attention overseas.
He added that the ex-Super Eagles coach needed $50,000 for a trip to the United States, where he would undergo surgery, medication and general after-surgery care.
Ejindu said a gofundme account was opened for Chukwu’s medical treatment, adding that $2,450 had been donated by various individuals as at Monday.
But Rangers media officer, Norbert Okolie, told The PUNCH that contrary to Ejindu’s claim, Chukwu was recuperating after treatment in Enugu.
When asked if Chukwu needed to embark on a trip to the US for surgery, Okoli said, “Not at all. He’s undergone surgery in Enugu and doctors have certified him fit. He was advised to stay in a hotel after treatment to ensure that he’s not disturbed by sympathisers.
“His (Chukwu) family didn’t want to make this a public issue but the management of the club had to come out when Ejindu stated that Chukwu needed $50,000 for surgery in the US and that he’s been abandoned by Enugu State Government and Rangers. That’s not true.
“He has had this health challenge for three weeks and the (Enugu) state government supported him all through. Very soon, we’ll have Chukwu walking on his feet again.”