The child lying on the bed in this picture is the first and only son of the late Uzama Douglas. Uzama Douglas played for the Nigerian under 20 team of 2016 before joining Gombe United.
Before the flying eagles lost to Sudan in that under 20 Afcon qualifier played in Lagos, Uzama and his mates protested over their unpaid match bonuses totalling close to 2m naira per player.
That protest and a combination of other factors resulted in Nigeria losing to a Sudanese team they had beaten on home soil. That defeat means the flying eagles failed to qualify for the Under 20 Nations cup.
It’s exactly three years after and those players have not been paid their match bonuses.
In that group you have Samuel Chukwueze, Victor Osimhen, Kinglsey Micheal and Orji Okonkwo who have now graduated to play for the Under 23 National team and the Super Eagles even when they are still being owed monies from three years ago.
Now Uzama Douglas a member of that team, was playing for Gombe united when he met his untimely death on December 26th, 2016 during a visit to Edo state to celebrate Christmas with his family. He left behind a young wife and a three month old child.
After his death, the young wife abandoned the child with his grand mum and went in search of greener pastures. That child is today very sick in hospital with no one to cater for his hospital bills.
The Association of professional footballers of Nigeria APFON paid the child a visit in the hospital on Friday (today) and reported that if something urgent is not done, we may be hearing a different story (God forbid)
I am pained and in tears because i have made frantic efforts to make sure the NFF pays Uzama’s family the backlog of his allowances so that little boy can be well taken care of. I have written to them privately and publicly but nothing happened and now I want Nigerians young and old to save this child from dying.