Former Eagles captain and coach, Christian Chukwu, said in his circle of friends they had no knowledge of anybody by the name, Femi Otedola, until the billionaire businessman came to his aid.

Recall that Chukwu suffered stroke with Enugu State government practically watching on the sidelines as his health deteriorated.

But succour came in the shape of Otedola, who spent N36.6m on the ex-International covering the enormous expenses of flight ticket to the UK and medical treatment in a London hospital.

Chukwu, who has regained his health on Friday, was at Otedola’s Lagos office on a thank-you-visit where he expressed his appreciation to his benefactor hinting that hitherto, the billionaire was unknown to him and people in his circle.

His word, “Otedola has made me, I can play football again,” Chukwu said jokingly when he paid the oil mogul a visit in Lagos on Friday.

“If you saw me before I left for London, you won’t believe I’ll be here talking to you. I think I won’t be making a mistake if I say after God, it’s Otedola in my life.

“I had many complications and I couldn’t walk. When I heard Otedola brought out money for my treatment, I marvelled because in my circle, we didn’t know him before then. We have people with us but maybe they forgot or it’s not in their character (to help). “I don’t know how to thank Otedola enough, God bless him.”