The League Management Company (LMC) has assured that Coach Kelechi Emeteole will not be left to languish 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.
Chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko, told Sportstalkafrica.com that 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.
Emeteole who made marks with the defunct Spartans FC of Owerri and proceeded to the Green Eagles as a defender before going into coaching, has been diagnosed with cancer of the throat, a condition that has made him lost his voice, grounded him and kept him unable to breath except by the aid of a pipe linked to his throat on the neck.
The two options for relief are a surgery in India which may cost about 10,000 USD or submitting to treatment by a yet unnamed professor of medicine in Enugu with his charges put at about N2m.
Unfortunately, Emeteole is unable to raise either of the funds and is currently under untold pains.
Ironically, he is said to be owed back log of salaries by a number of clubs that he has worked for before the advent of the League Management Company. Prominent among them are El Kanemi Warriors FC of Maiduguri, Heartland of Owerri and Rangers International.
There have been calls by stakeholders in sports to the clubs to show responsibility by paying up what they owe the coach and the LMC has responded by agreeing to take the bull by the horn to ensure that the coach doesn’t suffer the present deprivation after he had laboured so much with great results, including 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.
Dikko said that the LMC would confirm with his former clubs to ascertain any indebtedness to him and will promptly make the money available to him and sort it out with the clubs later.
“The matter has been brought to our attention that some of our participating clubs are still owing him. “Though we don’t have any paper on such claims, we will do a quick check and if confirmed that he is being owed, we will find a way to get the accruals to him as soon as possible.
But as a matter of responsibility, we cannot sit and watch him suffer after contributing so much to the league and Nigeria football. We will find a way to directly raise funds from the LMC to enable him take care of the treatment and we can later debit those clubs that might be owing him after our checks,” Dikko assured.