Bukayo Saka, the Arsenal FC winger, has sponsored “life-changing surgeries” for 120 children in Kano state.

BigShoe, the charity organisation working with sports enthusiasts to help poor children with medical operations, announced the sponsorship in a tweet on Thursday.

According to the organisation, the children had their surgeries at the Prime Specialist Hospital in Kano.

“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,” the tweet reads.

 

Speaking on the initiative, Saka said he is always happy to help children facing challenges achieve their dreams.

“For me, every child has the same opportunity to achieve their dreams and if I can really do anything to help, it’s really important for me to do this,” he said.

“It makes me very happy, especially when I see the kids are happy, the parents are happy. I just want to more and more as much as I can.”

He also appreciated BigShoe for making the project a reality.

“It’s about finding the right platform, trusting the right people to deliver this for you, and I’m grateful to BigShoe for helping me to deliver this project,” he added.

Saka was born to Nigerian parents in the United Kingdom (UK). The 21-year-old has spoken of his Nigerian heritage on numerous occasions.

In 2020, Saka revealed he ditched Nigeria to represent England at the national level due to the Three Lions’ transformation under Gareth Southgate.

“I feel like I’m really, really proud of my Nigerian heritage. I always still watch Nigeria’s games where I can and I wish them all the best and support them all the way,” he had said.

“But I’ve seen the process of how England are transforming and I think in the future they’re going to do great stuff. I feel like it was right for me to choose England”.