By Sab Osuji
Benedict Akwuegbu, a former Super Eagles striker has shocked some of his former colleagues with a rare gift of four cares as his own contribution to ease the living standard of his retired colleagues amidst the batting effect of the Corona Virus Pandemic, Orient Sports can exclusively reports.
The Africa Cup of Nations silver winner in 2000 and ex Grazer AK of Austria forward is currently in Jos, Nigeria, after organising the inaugural edition of the Plateau Legends and Ben Akwuegbu Unity Cup Football Tournament last month.
Orient Sports gathered that two of the four Golf cars, have been given out although Akwuegbu would not want to make public the identities of the beneficiaries. But it is understood that Farouk Umar, a former Mighty Jets of Jos star, is amongst the beneficiaries.
“Giving out four cars to my former colleagues, for me, is not something special. From my humble beginning, I was brought up to be my brother’s keeper”, starts the former Golden Eaglets, Flying Eagles and Super Eagles striker.
“I’ve been in town since March. I organised the Akwuegbu Unity Cup and Plateau Legends match last month. Yes, it was a huge success. It also opened my eyes to the real situation on ground including the plight of our people following the Corona Virus Pandemic.
“So, I thought it wise to offer my own widow’s might in the way of assisting my former colleagues by way of helping them out mobility wise. Call it COVID-19 palliative if you like, but I just see it as nothing special”, the ‘Austria Bomber’ said to Orient Sports.
Akwuegbu, 45, had an illustrious career that spanned through RC Lens (1991-92), KSC eedracht Aalst (1992-93), Harelbek (1994-96), Waregem (1996-97), Turned (1997-98), Grazer AK (1998-2002), Sheyang Ginde (loan 2002), Grazer AK (2002-2004), FC Carnten (2004), St Gallen (2004-2005), Wacker Innsbruck (2005-2006) Siegen (2006) and Tianjin Teda (loan 2006).
The former Heartland FC’s Assistant General Manager also had career spells at Panserraikos (2006-2007), Qingdao Jonoon (2007), Beijing Hongdeng (2008) and Basingstoke Town (2009-2010) before calling time on his career. He scored eight (8) times for the Super Eagles in 30 appearances.