Cancer: Nigeria Veteran Coach breathes with pipe linked to throat

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[NPFL]–Popular Nigeria Professional Football League coach Kelechi Emeteole is suffering from a serious cancerous condition that would require urgent surgery.

The former Eagles player was confirmed to have been diagnosed with cancer of the throat and has consequently lost his voice.

His wife, Lolo Emeteole, also confirmed the situation that her husband has been battling for his life since December 2015 and all efforts to resuscitate him have been futile.

He equally cannot breathe properly but does that with by the aid of a pipe linked to his throat on the neck.

“It was in December 2015 that my husband lost his voice and ever since then we have been running up and down for him to get better, but the situation is now worse.

We have visited so many hospitals and the final conclusion is that he will be taken to India for treatment which will cost $11,000 and we don’t have money because he is being owed by many Nigerian League clubs,” she explained.

Coach Kelechi Emeteole has managed Nigerian clubs like Enyimba, Lobi Stars, Heartland, El Kanemi Warriors and Enugu Rangers.

The League Management Company (LMC) has however assured that Emeteole will not be left to suffer under the cancerous condition threatening his health as it will do a quick check to ascertain possible clubs’ indebtedness to the coach and raise the needed funds to enable him proceed on the proposed surgery.

According to the chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko, the attention of the league management body has been drawn to the situation and it will certainly not fold its hands and see the coach suffer after contributing so much to the league and Nigeria football, reports.

Emeteole made marks with the defunct Spartans FC of Owerri and also played for the Green Eagles as a defender before going into coaching.

His achievements include taking Heartland to the finals of the CAF Champions League in 2009 and leading El Kanemi Warriors to gain promotion into the elite league in 2012.

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