Former Green Eagles of Nigeria defender and high profile coach of the Nigeria Professional Football League, Kelechi Emetole, is reportedly in distress and needs funding support to battle cancer of the throat.
CAF and FIFA Media officer and Chairman of Akwa United FC, Paul Bassey who visited him recently revealed that the former coach of Rangers International of Enugu, Heartland FC of Owerri and El Kanemi FC of Maiduguri among other clubs he has handled, has lost his voice due to the infection which is said to have also affected his heart and now is only able to breath with the support of a pipe connected to his throat.
Nicknamed “Caterpillar” in his playing days in the Nigeria senior national team, Emetole requires about 10,000 USD for a surgery in India. There is however indication that the ailment could be treated in Nigeria as a professor of medicine in Enugu is said to have confirmed he could handle the condition with about N2m.
The Abia State born coach, a chief (Omenka 1) of Ani Isukuaso, is also said to be owed by a number of his former clubs including El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri and Heartland FC (Naze Millionaires) which he took to the finals of the CAF Champions League in 2009.
In 2012, the former Spartans FC of Owerri show stopper brought El Kanemi Warriors to promotion into the elite league and led them to the quarter finals of the Federation Cup before he was recalled by his kinsmen in Ani Isukuaso following the escalation of insurgency in the North East of Nigeria. He however returned to Maiduguri in 2015 to continue his service to the club.
While his wife and children are looking up to God and Nigerians to send help, Mr. Bassey has called on the governments of Abia, Imo, Anambra, Enugu and Borno states to consider his services to them and respond to his call for help.
The family has however released United Bank for Africa (UBA) account detail, (Kelechi Emetole 1007868369) through which compassionate members of the public can lend support.