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How Nigerian amputee became an Arsenal FC player

How Nigerian amputee became an Arsenal FC player

- Arsenal FC amputee footballer Michael Ck Ishiguzo broke his leg while playing for Stationary Stores

- His right leg had to be amputated at the Igbobi general hospital because it had developed GANGRENE

- He was encouraged to do other sports by Patrick Anieto, national champion in amputee javelin and discuss throws

- He won gold in javelin and silver in discus for Lagos State in the 1997 National Sports Festival

- Ishiguzo currently plays for Arsenal in the community amputee Football team playing in the EAFA National league

Former professional footballer Michael Ck Ishiguzo could have given up on life after a doctor told him in early 1997 that his right leg would be amputated.

However, the Imo state indigene did not give up on his dreams.

He broke his leg in two during a training session with friends while playing for Stationary Stores, a former household name club in Nigeria.

"I was told after checking the injury that it's been inflamed and developed GANGRENE and is moving from its actual position upwards which translates that the affected leg needs to be amputated or I will lose my life," the footballer narrates in a Facebook post.

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His leg was amputated on April 14, 1997 and at his point Ishiguzo says he could not understand how his promising career was immediately cut short.

He piled on the weight and was depressed but he made the conviction to go to the national stadium to train and keep in shape.

During one of his sessions, he was approached by Patrick Anieto, a then national champion in amputee javelin and discuss throws who encouraged him to enagage in other sports if football could not pay off.

Taking his advice, the Arsenal star competeted in various competitions and at one point unseasted "my friend and national champion Patrick in the same Sports festival. I won the Gold medal with a new national record to my name in the class f42 Mens Javelin"

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Ishigizo competed in other competitions like the Nigerian disabled athletics in late 1997. In 1998, he represented Lagos state in the National Sports Festival, winning a gold in javelin and silver in discus.

How Nigerian amputee became an Arsenal FC player

Ishiguzo is a national and continental medalist in javelin and discuss throw

He competed at the the all African Games in Johannesburg 1999, winning silver in javelin and silver in discus.

How Nigerian amputee became an Arsenal FC player

Ishiguzo as a discuss thrower for Nigeria

He added to his medal cabinet winning 2 silver medals in javelin and discuss in the African championship for disabled people, in Tunisia in 2000.

After taking part in other sport, he had the opportunity to compete in football once again and took his chance.

He currently plays for Arsenal in the community amputee football team who are currently playing in the EAFA National league.

WHAT a touching story.

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