Flying Eagles players paid a visit to the children’s ward of the New Plymouth Hospital as part of their community service organised by the local organizing committee for the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, the Nigeria Football Federation website reported on Tuesday.
The players were Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Chidera Eze, Bernard Bulbwa and Izu Omego. They were led by Flying Eagles media officer Samm Audu and Team Liaison Officer Chris McIvor.
They spent about an hour at the hospital and signed autographs, played indoor football, spent time with some of the young patients and posed for photos with them.
Touched Bulbwa gave young cancer patient Josephine $100, while Iheanacho also donated cash to some of them.
“I like children and so I was happy to come and put a smile on the faces of some of them who are ill,” said Iheanacho. "I hope they all get well quickly and return to school.”