Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Peter Fregene, is optimistic he will walk again after undergoing successful surgery, Sports Extra reports
The 72-year-old Fregene suffered a spinal cord injury in 2001 and has been bedridden for 18 years until he received help from billionaire businessman Femi Otedola in July.
A report by The PUNCH showed the Olympian was living in a pitiable condition for close to two decades before Otedola offered to pay his medical bills.
After Otedola’s financial support, Fregene was taken to Reddington Hospital for medical treatment on June 14.
Speaking to our correspondent on Thursday, the ex-keeper, who is recuperating, said he had undergone a “successful” surgery.
The septuagenarian also thanked Otedola for coming to his rescue.
He said, “I have been here since June. The operation was carried out on August 3 by a surgeon from America. I thank God that the operation is successful but I am still in the hospital. I am waiting for the wound to heal.
“I appreciate Otedola and others for coming to my rescue. I thank The PUNCH for helping me out. I am receiving tender care. Tell Nigerians that by God’s grace I will walk again. I express my profound gratitude to Otedola. He is a champion of the less-privileged. I thank him so much.
“I can’t believe that someone that I don’t know or that I cannot recognise can do something of this magnitude for me. I only do hear about his name.”
Fregene was Nigeria’s goalkeeper at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico and the country’s first choice keeper until 1971. He was a member of the Nigeria squad to the 1982 African Cup of Nations in Libya.