Chukwu makes 1 GAME pledge


Green Eagles legend Christian Chukwu has pledged his support to the 1 GAME: Football without Violence campaign, echoing the importance of the initiative to football development at all levels.

The former Harambee Stars of Kenya coach told 1 GAME founder Philip Obaji that he was proud to join an array of ex-internationals whose support for the anti-violence initiative has made it thick.

“Football violence discourages people from watching matches in the stadium. Responsible people don't want to go there. It is really not good for football. I totally condemn football violence. I'll be grateful if we can do much more to curb it. I'm happy 1 GAME is acting.”

"I announce my support for 1 GAME: Football without Violence campaign and I'm proud to join my former colleagues in promoting this project." The 60 year old Heartland of Owerri Technical Consultant said.

Born on January 4, 1951, Chukwu starred as a defender in his playing days and became the captain of Enugu Rangers football club and the Nigeria national team in the late 1970s. He was the first Nigerian captain to lift the African Nations Cup trophy after a 3-0 victory over Algeria in the final of the 1980 tournament.

Chukwu started his coaching career in Lebanon in the mid 1990s, before being appointed coach of the Kenya national team in 1998. Later, from 2003 to 2005, he coached Nigeria, leading them to reach semifinals at the 2004 African Cup of Nations.

He was later appointed coach of Enugu Rangers and led them to a 6th place finish in the 2008-2009 edition of the Nigeria Premier League

He is the second member of the victorious 1980 African Nations Cup Green Eagles team announce his support for the 1 GAME campaign after Union Bank coach Henry Nwosu.
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