By Emmanuel Afonne
Ifeanyi Egwim, the injured Rangers International FC forward is still receiving treatment at the Orthopaedic Hospital, Enugu, the team’s General Manager, Paul Ozor, said on Monday.
Ozor made this known in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Egwim suffered a broken leg in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 2015/2016 season deciding encounter.
The match, watched by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and some of his cabinet members, was played at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, with Rangers humiliating El-Kanemi Warriors FC of Maiduguri 4-0.
Egwim, who replaced Ocheme Edoh in the 83rd minute, had meandered the opponent’s defence line, heading toward the goal post in the 88th minute when goalkeeper Kazeem crashed on him, breaking his leg in the process.
After a close examination, medical personnel quickly called in the ambulance which rushed him to hospital.
The dangerous kick by the goalkeeper earned him a red card from the centre referee.
Ozor told NAN that Ugwuanyi had expressed his willingness to send the player abroad for the best medical treatment and that he had visited the player in hospital.
He, however, said that the hospital authorities were confident that the case was not beyond their competence.
“The governor saw the wound and expressed his willingness to fly him out but the doctors here say they can handle it. So, we are still contemplating.”
According to him, the medical personnel are in the process of performing preliminary surgery to prevent possible infection, if the need to fly him out arises.
Meanwhile, Rangers defensive midfielder Charles Agbo, also told NAN in a separate interview that the governor had promised to fly Egwim abroad and to foot the bill.
“He is in the hospital right now but we thank God it is not death.
“With the help of our governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who said he will fly him out for treatment, we hope he will be fit to play football again,” Agbo said.
Agbo, younger brother to the Granada FC and Super Eagles new invitee Uche Agbo, noted that Egwim’s injury had cut short Rangers celebration of the NPFL title win.
“Rangers players and management are in sober mood in spite winning the title after 32 years; celebration is on our mind but we can’t express it because of Egwim’s injury.
“However, I thank Coach Imama Amapakabo for finding me worthy to make the Rangers team; I only played Pro League before he (Imama) spotted me.
“I am happy to be among the players that won the title but the celebration has been cut short,” Agbo added.
The victory took Rangers to 63 points from 38 matches, three ahead of challengers Rivers United FC of Port Harcourt who were 2-1 winners over Akwa United in Uyo.