Covid 19: Ikpea Extends Palliative to Bed-ridden Ex-Eagles Defender
By Niyi Busari
The National Chairman of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club ( NFSC) Rev. Samuel Ikpea on Thursday in Benin city gave a cash gift of twenty thousand naira (N20,000) to former Green Eagles defender Sunday Eboigbe to assist him during this lockdown period, BSNSports.com.ng can report.
The cash was presented to the former Bendel Insurance player in his residence in Benin city by Sports General Admin Joseph Isokpehi, on behalf of Rev Samuel ikpea who couldn’t make the journey due to the ban on inter-state travel.
The Nigeria Football Supporters club boss, said he was deeply touched when he read on Sports General platform early this month as posted by the Admin Harrison Iyomana about the situation of the former El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri defence stalwart, and decided to assist in his own little way to support him this period, adding that the Nigeria Football Supporters Club ( NFSC) will reach out to the ex Abiola Babes player very soon.
Ikpea, who spoke directly to Eboigbe on phone during the cash presentation, said this is the time to assist people like Sunday who is going through a difficult time in his life and not when such a national hero is gone. He said Eboigbe gave his all during his days with the Green Eagles and should not be forgotten now that he is bed ridden.
“This is just my own little way to assist after i read on Sports General the situation of former Green Eagles defender Sunday Eboigbe, on our part the Nigeria Football supporters club ( NFSC) will reach out to him soon. Ikpea said.
“This is the time to support people like Eboigbe who gave his all during his days with Eagles and not when he is no more, lets try and give the little support we can to our national heroes who are down this period.
An elated Sunday Eboigbe and his wife were full of praise for Samuel ikpea who remembered him at this time of need, he said the amount will go a long way in assisting him during this lockdown period.
“Honestly, i never expected this today, i am so happy that someone could do this for me, may God bless Samuel Ikpea for remembering me at this critical period, this money will do a lot for me this period, i am grateful,” Eboigbe posited.
He however use the opportunity to thank Sports General for their support and the minister for Sports Sunday Dare for the kind gesture to the families of his late colleagues Samuel Okwaraji and Rashidi yekini recently and called on well meaning Nigerians to emulate the sports minister and Rev Samuel ikpea.
Sunday Eboigbe won two WAFU cup tournament with the defunct New Nigeria Bank FC of Benin city in the 80s, and won silver with Green Eagles at AFCON 1984 in Abidjan and Maroc 1988 losing to Cameroon in both finals.