Enugu State government, led by Governor Peter Mbah, has concluded arrangements to celebrate its illustrious son and African football legend, Chairman Christian Chukwu (MFR) in Lagos on Wednesday, December 13, 2023.
Briefing journalists on preparation for the celebration, the chairman, Organising Committee for the event, Emeka Mba noted that the celebration was to honour Christian Chukwu based on honours and glory he brought to Enugu State and Nigeria through his contribution in football, Daily Sun reports.
Mba, former Director-General, Nigeria Film Censorship Board and National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) disclosed that the celebration which takes place at Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Kofi Abayomi Street Victoria Island, will attract dignitaries stakeholders in football including the Chief Host and Governor Enugu State, Barrister Peter Mbah, the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, who is to present a paper at the occasion.
Others are the chairman of the occasion, Allen Onyema, CEO of Air Peace, business mogul and football enthusiast, who assisted Chukwu immensely to ensure he was revived of his illness two years ago, Femi Otedola and some notable traditional rulers.
It would be recalled that the first phase of the celebration took place in Enugu on June 23, 2023, at Sports Club. It was fun as ex-Rangers players and ex- Super Eagles players trooped to the event in solidarity with their captain, Christian Chukwu.
Chukwu certainly made Enugu State and Nigeria proud using his God-given talent to win trophies for the state and nation to profound admiration of people.
The biography of Chukwu will be launched at the event. It is on record that he reigned and retired in the glorious era of our local football league in the 70s and 80s and coached both Rangers and Super Eagles.
It was during his time that Nigeria won the Nations Cup in 1980. He was Captain Green Eagles now Super Eagles.
As a coach he also won the Nations Cup in 1994 and took Nigeria to the World Cup tournament for the first time in the same 1994.