by means of Joe Apu
The Nigeria football Federation the day before today expressed shock at news of the demise of former Nigeria global player and one-time Head teach of the Supersand Eagles, Kelechi Emeteole. He was 66.
Emeteole, who gained 17 caps for the Senior nationwide team (then referred to as green Eagles) and scored 4 objectives, between 1975 and 1977, died within the early hours of Wednesday in India the place he had gone for surgery on throat cancer.
“The dying of Mr. Kelechi Emeteole came to us as a rude shock. A yr ago, we lost two legends within the individuals of Stephen Keshi and Shaibu Amodu in the month of June. This year, additionally within the month of June, we now have now lost any other legend who served the nation creditably, energetically and meritoriously.
“Our hearts go out to his caring household that he has now left: his doting spouse and youngsters in addition to relations. We pray that they’re going to have the fortitude to endure the loss. We additionally pray that the soul of the departed finds eternal rest. Nigerian football will omit him dearly,” NFF normal Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, instructed thenff.com.
Nicknamed ‘Caterpillar’ for his no –nonsense method as a defender, Emeteole won a bronze medal with the fairway Eagles on the tenth Africa Cup of countries finals in Ethiopia in 1976, and later served as assistant coach of the super Eagles.
He also coached elite home teams Enyimba FC, Rangers global, Lobi Stars, Heartland FC and El-Kanemi Warriors, and between 2007 and 2009 was once Head educate of the beach Soccer nationwide workforce, Supersand Eagles.
in the meantime, the Minister of youth and sports Barrister Solomon Dalung on his part, expressed dismay over the loss of life of Emetole after a prolonged illness.
Reacting after the information filtered in from India where the late Emetole had long gone for a surgical operation, Dalung expressed shock that regardless of the well timed intervention of Nigerians to lift dollars for his medicals , he nonetheless succumbed to the cold arms of dying.
He seized the chance to commiserate with the family of the deceased, the Nigeria soccer Federation and the entire football confraternity over this unfortunate incident.
“when we were nonetheless grappling with the reality of Lizzy Onyenwenwa’s loss of life, we’ve misplaced another sports activities icon who used to be dear to many Nigerians.
“that is one demise too many, however who are we to query God? All we are able to do as people is to mourn the departed and settle for the inevitability of dying.”