A noble gesture had Arsenal and England winger Bukayo Sakaby paying for 120 children to undergo surgeries in Kano, the second largest city in Nigeria.
The 21-year-old is preparing to play a major role for England in the Qatar World Cup 2022 after leading the “Gunners” to the top of the Premier League table. But the young footballer has also found time to help children in Nigeria, from where his parents emigrated to the UK, who required major operations.
Saka joined forces with the BigShoe charity, which has been backed by the likes of Paul Pogba, Mesut Ozil and Philipp Lahm, to support Nigerian children and perform “surgeries that will change their lives”.
Proud to announce our newest BigShoe family member: @BukayoSaka87 🏴
In front of the World Cup 2022 we’ve covered 120 life-changing surgeries for children in Kano, Nigeria. A big thank you to the doctors and team of the Prime Specialist Hospital.#BigShoe #OneTeam pic.twitter.com/cMPJHfMUI4
— BigShoe (@BigShoe_11) November 17, 2022
“It’s important to me that all children have an equal opportunity to achieve their dreams and if I can do something to help, like surgeries, I really want to.” Saka said in a video shared on BigShoe’s Twitter account.
“It makes me very happy, especially when I see the children happy, I can see their parents happy, and they can continue with their future and achieve their dreams and they have every right to do so. I’m happy and I just want to do more to help as many kids as I can,” added.
“I don’t think it was about me, it was about the 120 children,” he said.
Five doctors successfully performed the surgeries in mid-October and cared for the children, who are on the mend.