Super Eagles and Bordeaux forward Samuel Kalu has expressed gratitude for the flood of messages he had received after he fainted and slumped on the pitch in Bordeaux 2-2 draw against Marseille in a French Ligue 1 contest on Sunday.
The Nigerian international was about to form a defensive wall against a freekick from the opponent before falling unto the ground early into the game with his sympathetic colleagues forming a human shield around him, the like of which was seen when Christen Ericksen suffered a cardiac arrest during Euro 2020 and calling for urgent medical response.
Speaking to Ojbsport correspondent Ojora Babatunde, the 23-year-old who was replaced eight minutes after the incident showed his appreciation for the love and support he received from every member of the football world in the following words:
” Thanks to everyone for the concern.” In a further statement, the Bordeaux winger relieved panic over his health condition when he said: “I am okay now”.
After quick medical check, Bordeaux medical staffs confirmed that Kalu suffered ‘a simple discomfort’ and will undergo test today to unravel the cause of the sudden occurrence. “It’s a simple discomfort but he will certainly be undergoing tests on Monday,” said the Ligue 1’s club doctors.
Anxiety-driven Bordeaux manager, Vladimir Petrovic said he thought it was a cardiac arrest like the one which happened in the Euros two months ago after he watched Samuel Kalu collapsing to the floor. “I was thinking about what happened during the Euro.”
It will be recalled that similar occurrence befell the Nigerian winger on the eve of Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations opener in Egypt back in 2019 when he collapsed on the training ground in which ‘severe dehydration’ was stated as the gravamen for the incident 2 years ago.