Charles Bassey, a member of the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)-winning Nigerian team, on Monday appealed for support from governments and good-spirited Nigerians to treat himself of a 33-year illness.

He told newsmen that the illness, which has kept him down and without a source of livelihood, is “Nerve Root Compression’’.

Bassey last coached at Akwa United Football Club in 2007 as the Uyo side’s Technical Adviser, when he was the Technical Director of the Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Sports.

The coach said the ailment had left him unable to walk for some time now.

Bassey has the national honour of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), which was bestowed on him by the then President Shehu Shagari in 1980.

Charles Bassey, when he was an assistant coach with the national under-23 team.

He got the national honour for helping Nigeria to win its first continental football title at the national level.