Onazi pays medical expenses for Emmanuel Sani surgery

Nigeria international and Trabzonspor talisman Ogenyi Onazi has paid medical expenses of Emmanuel Sani, who was the joint top scorer at the 2009 Under-17 World Cup.

Emmanuel, who is now 26, starred a decade ago on home soil as he scored five goals to help Nigeria finish runners up while he won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.

Despite a move to Italian side Lazio with Onazi his career stalled due to long-term achilles tendonitis problems.

Onazi responded to a social media appeal by paying the hospital in Lagos for his former Nigeria and Lazio youth teammate’s second surgery.

Emmanuel is hoping that this latest surgery will allow him to resurrect his career.

“I got a call from the doctor that [Ogenyi] Onazi has paid Naira 1.4m (US$4,000) for my surgery and also transferred 50k for my ticket to Lagos,” Emmanuel announced on social media.

“Thank you very much, brother. May God continue to bless you. The surgery is scheduled for 2nd of December 2019.”

But while Onazi progressed through the youth rank in Rome, Emmanuel’s injury and a nomadic career path took him from the high of Italy to playing in the Swedish lower tier in 2015, via spells in Switzerland and Israel.

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