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Sports minister to assist ailing former Green Eagles star, Henry Nwosu

The sports minister Sunday Dare has promised to step in and provide assistance for bed-ridden former Nigeria international Henry Nwosu.

Former Green Eagles midfielder Nwosu has been battling with ill-health for some time and his former colleagues have cried out for help on his behalf.

The 59-year-old Africa Cup of Nations winner with the Green Eagles in 1980 is currently in hospital in Asaba, Delta State with an undisclosed ailment and requires financial assistance.

“I empathise with our dear Henry Nwosu and his family at a time like this,” Dare said.

“Already, efforts are ongoing to reach him. We respect him as one who flew the flag of the country high and a legend of the national team.

“We respect and honour the labour of our heroes, past and present, and so we have assisted them before and Henry Nwosu will not be left out of it.”

Retired and current Nigerian athletes often have to resort to the public to raise funds when they are in distress.

Dare explained that he initiated the Athletes Welfare Scheme to see to the well-being of ex-internationals.

“I pray for a quick recovery for Nwosu and call on all Nigerians to put him in their prayers at this time,” the minister added.

Nwosu, at 17 then, was the youngest member of the 1980 Green Eagles squad that won Nigeria’s first AFCON title in Lagos.

He also won AFCON silver in 1984 and 1988, and has coached Nigeria at age-grade level.

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