Nigerian tycoon comes to the aid of ailing former Harambee Stars tactician

A Nigerian oil tycoon has stepped in to help ailing Nigeria footballing legend Christian Chukwu, by agreeing to pay USD 50,000 (Kshs 5m) for the former Super Eagles captain to travel to the United States for medical assistance.

Femi Odetola, who is estimated to be worth more than 1 billion dollars, has come in to solve the impasse by agreeing to foot the bill for Chukuwu’s trip to the US.

Stars job

Chukwu, who briefly worked as head coach of Harambee Stars in 1998, has had recurring health problems and is currently hospitalized in Nigeria.

The 68 year old, captained Nigeria to their first ever Nations Cup triumph in 1980, a tournament that he was also named MVP.

He has also coached the Super Eagles and led them to a third place finish at the 2004 AFCON finals in Tunisia.

State employee

The state of Enugu, where the former defender is a government employee, has also chipped in as well as the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF).

Chukwu was hired to guide Kenya qualify for the 2000 AFCON finals amid much expectation but his tenure was a lacklustre one as Stars finished bottom of their qualifying group without claiming a single win.