Ex-Rangers Players have cried out over neglect by South-East governors since their retirement from active play, saying that most of their colleagues have been abandoned to their fate.
The cry came on the heels of one of the player, Kenneth Abana’s current health challenge.
The 73-year-old ex-player was on Thursday hit by partial stroke and had been hospitalized.
Abana was rushed to a specialist hospital in Awka, Anambra state, by his family members when his health deteriorated into partial stroke on Thursday.
Recall that Abana had been bedridden for the past two years as a result of acute arthritis and confined to wheelchair provided by Senator Stella Oduah, representing Anambra North Senatorial zone.
When reporters visited the private hospital where the veteran footballer was receiving treatment, he could not speak as he had lost power of speech.
The wife, Mrs Gertrude Abana, noted that the incident happened in the morning after he had his meal and taken his medication.
She said Abana was initially rushed to General Hospital but the doctors on duty could not manage him until they were referred to the specialist hospital.
Her words, “My husband had already undergone series of tests which showed that it was a case of stroke.”
Speaking on behalf of the players, the pioneer goalkeeper of Old Rangers International football club and former National goalkeeper of the then Green Eagles, Mr. Emmanuel Okala said that one or two former governors in the South -East came to their aid, but that the serving governors were yet to attend to their plight of ill health.
He said, “Its left for you journalist to do the crying for us under this circumstances because it has not been easy for us as old men. We know they may be packaging something for us but at the moment, they should please start doing something before we all die.”
Okala, who is Abana’s teammate at Rangers described his health condition as unfortunate.
While stressing that the ex Rangers players family was worried, he described him as a skillful player and a patriot, even as he called on the general public to come to his assistance.
“I am aware of the development, it’s quite unfortunate, we the ex- Rangers players are worried and are calling for assistance for him”, he added.
A Neurosurgeon at the hospital, Uche Okafor confirmed to journalists that Abana was hit by partial stroke, adding that the case was manageable and needed progressive management for him to recover.