An ex Super Eagles striker, Benedict Akwuegbu, has touched up the lives of some of his retired colleagues with a surprise car gifts amid the biting Coronavirus pandemic.
The 2000 Africa Cup of Nations silver medal winner and ex Grazer AK of Austria forward is presently in Jos, Nigeria, after organising the inaugural edition of the Plateau Legends and Ben Akwuegbu Unity Cup Football Tournament last month.
Checks disclosed 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 onetime star of the defunct Mighty Jets of Jos, is amongst the beneficiaries.
“Giving away 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,” the former Golden Eaglets, Flying Eagles and Super Eagles striker told.
“I’ve been in town since March. I organised the Akwuegbu Unity Cup and Plateau Legends match last month.
“Yes, it was a big success. It also opened my eyes to the real situation on ground including the plight of our people following the Coronavirus Pandemic.
“So, I thought it wise to offer my own widow’s mite in the way of assisting my former colleagues by helping them out mobility-wise.
“Call it COVID-19 palliative if you like, but I just see it as nothing special,” the ‘Austria Bomber’ concluded.
Akwuegbu, 45, had an illustrious career that spanned through RC Lens, France (1991-92), KSC eedracht Aalst, Belgium (1992-93), Harelbek, Belgium (1994-96), Waregem, Belgium (1996-97), Tienen, Belgium (1997-98), Grazer AK, Austria (1998-2002), Sheyang Ginde, China (loan 2002), Grazer AK , Austria (2002-2004), FC Karnten, Austria (2004), St Gallen, Switzerland (2004-2005), Wacker Innsbruck, Austria (2005-2006), Siegen, Germany (2006) and Tianjin Teda, China (loan 2006).
The former Heartland of Owerri Assistant General Manager also had career spells at Panserraikos, Greece (2006-2007), Qingdao Jonoon, China (2007), Beijing Hongdeng, China (2008) and Basingstoke Town, England (2009-2010) before calling time on his career.
Akwuegbu scored eight times for the Super Eagles in 30 appearances.