Super Eagles defender Ola Aina shows heart, joins young fan’s charity walk

Super Eagles defender Ola Aina displayed remarkable compassion on Thursday, stepping up to support a young Nottingham Forest fan battling illness.

Eight-year-old Felix Keightley, diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma in October 2023, has bravely endured treatment while fundraising for worthy causes.

Keightley embarked on an ambitious 50-mile walk, tackling two miles daily to raise money for the Nottingham Hospitals Charity and Young Lives vs Cancer.

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During a visit to City Ground as part of his fundraising efforts, Felix received a heartwarming surprise. Nigeria international Ola Aina, recently named in the Africa Cup of Nations starting XI, joined him for the final lap around the pitch.

Aina gesture a kind reminder

Aina's act of kindness extended beyond the walk. He presented Felix with a signed Forest kit, offering further encouragement in the young fan's fundraising journey.

This gesture undoubtedly inspired Felix and will likely help him achieve his fundraising goal.

Beyond this heartwarming moment, Aina's commitment to charity and human connection transcends the football pitch.

The 27-year-old actively participates in charitable activities in both the United Kingdom and Nigeria, demonstrating his dedication to giving back.

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Aina's actions serve as a beacon of hope, reminding us of the power of compassion and the impact athletes can have beyond the game.

His magnanimity inspires not only Felix but also others facing challenges, encouraging them to persevere and find strength in community support.

Super Eagles defender Ola Aina shows heart, joins young fan’s charity walk
Andrew Randa

Andrew Randa is a seasoned Africa sports journalist, and a former Media Officer for Nigeria's U-20 national team. He is widely acknowledged as an authority on the NPFL and African football, Randa is esteemed for his expertise in football content creation. Furthermore, he holds the distinction of being Nigeria's foremost sports kit designer and a trailblazer in the realm of sports graphics in Nigeria.