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Ex-Rangers player, Abana down with stroke, seeks help

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RETIRED Enugu Rangers player, Kenneth Abana, is down with partial stroke.

  Abana, fondly called ‘Magic’ in his playing days, was rushed to the General Hospital, Enugu-Ukwu, Anambra State on Tuesday, but doctors referred him to a specialist hospital.

  According to sources, family members rushed Abana to a specialist hospital when his condition relapsed.

  The 73-year-old had been bedridden as a result of acute arthritis and confined to a wheelchair for over two years.

  When some journalists visited the private hospital where the ex-footballer was receiving treatment on Thursday, he was unable to speak, but his wife, Gertrude, who was with him at the hospital, said his condition relapsed after he had his breakfast and taken his drugs on Tuesday.

  She explained that her husband had undergone a series of tests which revealed that it was a case of stroke.

   A neurosurgeon at the hospital, Uche Okafor, confirmed that Abana was hit by partial stroke.

  Okafor said the case needed progressive management for him to recover.

An ex-Green Eagles goalkeeper and a former teammate of Abana, Emmanuel Okala, described his health condition as unfortunate.

  Okala, who described Abana as a patriot, said the ex-Rangers man’s family was worried and 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 said.

  Okala added that though two former governors in the South-East had come to his aid, the serving governors were yet to attend to his plight.

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  He said, “It is left for you journalists to do the crying for us under this circumstance 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 stated.

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