The Enugu-Ukwu group within the Njikoka Native Authorities Space of Anambra, and a few former gamers of Rangers Worldwide FC of Enugu, have expressed grief over the dying of Nwabueze Nwankwo, a founding member of the group.
Bonny Nkwuaku, normal president of Enugu-Ukwu, stated the group had misplaced a pillar and was in a deep shock after the information of his dying.
Nkwuaku stated Nwabueze, popularly often known as “Bulldozer” in his day, died Thursday after a protracted sickness.
He described the fallen participant as an illustrious son of Enugu-Ukwu and a group builder who had an curiosity in youth improvement.
“His dying got here to us as an enormous blow, we’re nonetheless in shock as a result of Nwabueze Nwankwo was one in all our ambassadors.
“Simply two years in the past, Enugu-Ukwu honored the‘ bulldozer ’and some others for his or her contributions to the event of the group and two weeks in the past, I used to be in church for the thanksgiving, we didn’t know it might be the latter, ”he stated.
Nkwuaku urged the federal and state governments to heed the well being wants of surviving veteran gamers, including that they don’t seem to be enjoying for cash of their energetic days, however for ardour and to make folks glad.
“The Enugu-Ukwu group can be concerned within the burial program as Nwabueze belongs not solely to his household however to your entire state and nation.
In the meantime, Kenneth Abanah who was a recent of Nwankwo within the newly shaped then Rangers Worldwide in 1970, stated he was devastated by the information of his dying.
Abanah popularly referred to as “Magu” stated he had maintained shut contact with Nwankwo as a colleague and brother of a close-by group.
He described Bulldozer as a robust participant who had a robust ardour for the Rangers and gave the Enugu based mostly group and the nationwide group every part he had throughout his energetic days.
He stated he had an analogous illness in his hips and legs that Nwankwo suffered till his dying and referred to as on the federal government to assist the previous gamers survive.
“I spoke to his son and daughter on Thursday and after 10 minutes they referred to as to inform me that their father was no extra, I used to be disorganized and I simply managed to reunite.
“It’s unhappy that those that had been with me on this journey left one after the opposite, Bulldozer was an amazing and robust participant that I speak to and I’m taking a look at an image I took with him a while in the past.
“The hip challenges that led to his dying are of the kind that just about paralyzed my two legs now, we stay in hell to remain alive.
“I thank the Anambra authorities for the help they gave me two years in the past, which has actually helped loads, however then I’m nonetheless failing,” he stated.
As well as, Harrison Okagbue, one other Nwankwo teammate stated that the Nigerian soccer group had misplaced an amazing man and that he had been affected by the event.
Okagbue who was a former Uganda crane coach stated Nwankwo was well-known for his dreaded “lengthy shot”, which normally gave his group a bonus over his opponents.
He stated he began with Nwankwo within the Rangers in 1970 however left for the Calabar B-Lions and Port Harcourt Sharks earlier than becoming a member of him within the Rangers in 1976.
“His dying hit me exhausting. He was an amazing colleague. He began his soccer profession in Abakaliki after which turned a founding member of Rangers the place he performed nearly each sport.
“Bulldozer was a robust man, in case your leg is available in contact together with his leg, you’ll know that you’ve hit your fellow man, his power is what gave him that Bulldozer title.
“It was Nwankwo who launched a protracted shot into Nigerian soccer, he was in a position to throw the ball from the middle subject into the six-yard field after the retreat he suffered a watch downside and that weakened him. .
“He had an amazing ardour for the Rangers model and soccer basically, we missed him,” he stated.
Arthur Ebunam, president of Ex-Rangers Worldwide Footballers Affiliation, Anambra chapter stated Nwankwo’s dying was an amazing shock to them.
Ebunam stated he was a robust defender that gamers of his technology have thought-about as a mannequin.
He stated the Rangers household recognized with the Nwankwo household on this time of grief and prayed for the remainder of their souls.
He added that solely six gamers are nonetheless alive in the present day from the pioneering tradition of gamers who’ve executed their enterprise with Rangers Worldwide FC of Enugu.