Peter Fregene, or the 'Flying Cat' as he was known during his playing career, is a joyous man after doctors told him he will be able to walk again after he underwent a spinal cord operation in Lagos.
"The doctors have given me a 75 per cent chance to walk again in two,
three years' time," said Fregene, whose international career spanned from
1966 to 1983.
The acrobatic goalkeeper, who featured for Nigeria at the 1968 Olympics in
Mexico and the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations in Libya, was abandoned to his fate
for almost eight years before Lagos State Governor and a Manchester United fan,
Babatunde Raji Fashola, came to his rescue.
"Fashola is my Governor. He has wiped away my tears when even the Nigeria
Football Federation could not assist me," said Fregene.
Former World Cup goalkeeper, Peter Rufai, who played alongside Fregene at both
Stationery Stores of Lagos and the national team, visited Fregene and was full
of praise for those who stood by the goalkeeper in his hour of need.
"As a young goalkeeper, he was my idol and we shared rooms during our
playing days. He is 'Baba Pinthinho' and he gave me a lot of tips that helped
me in my career," said Rufai.
"Everyone who has rallied around this great man will be blessed because
Fregene touched many lives including mine very positively."
Samm Audu, Goal.com