Rangers stars Fashion Sakala and Calvin Bassey were amongst those to rally around Nnamdi Ofoborh on Instagram after the midfielder posted a heartfelt New Year’s message.

Ofoborh officially joined the Gers in the summer from Bournemouth, six months after signing a pre-contract agreement.

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However, the 22-year-old is yet to make his debut for the club.

That’s because of what Steven Gerrard described as a ‘red flag with a heart issue’ discovered by the club’s medical staff shortly after his arrival [Sky Sports].


Gio van Bronckhorst confirmed that he spoke to Ofoborh after his appointment as manager in November, before suggesting that further tests were set to be carried out.

However, there’s been no update since then, as the young midfielder’s waiting game continues.

Ofoborh shares emotional message

Over the weekend, Ofoborh posted a heartfelt message on Instagram, during which he suggested that he’s on the comeback trail.

“2021. Contrast,” he wrote. “This year has easily been the toughest year of my life. All the depression, anger, sadness and loneliness i’ve experienced but extremely grateful for the support from family, friends and teammates.”

“It has been a tough year mentally and physically and as you can see a lot has gone on behind the scenes. Many doctors said i’m lucky to be here but I don’t believe in luck but the blessings from God. I owe it all to God for aiding me on this comeback trail. I will be back.

“2022 will have better days for us all. God bless you all and Happy New Year.”

Ofoborh also shared three images. In the first he’s wearing the Rangers home kit for a photoshoot, the second appears to have been taken in a hospital and the third shows him wearing a device on his chest.

Sakala and Bassey respond to Rangers teammate’s post

The post received over 7k likes and a number of the midfielder’s teammates responded with supportive messages.

“Amen my brother” and “Amen” wrote Fashion Sakala and Calvin Bassey respectively, both of whom also left love heart emojis.

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“All here for you bro, you’ll come out stronger like you always do,” replied centre-back Jack Simpson, who was also teammates with Ofoborh at Bournemouth.

Another former Cherries teammate of Ofoborh’s, David Brooks, who confirmed in October that he had been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma, wrote “We keep moving”, to which the Rangers player replied “Yes we do.”

In other news, Nathan Patterson has claimed that joining Everton from Rangers was the easiest decision he’s made.

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