By Izuchukwu Okosi:
More tributes are still pouring in for the late coach Kelechi Emeteole who gave up the fight against throat cancer on Wednesday. This time, his former player, Enugu Rangers midfielder Godwin Aguda, whose career at the Flying Antelopes was made possible by ‘Caterpillar’, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Aguda has expressed sadness on the death of the one-time Heartland, El Kanemi and Enyimba coach who died in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“I couldn’t hold back the tears when I heard about his death. He influenced me a lot on and off the field and it is not easy to forget that kind of man.
“Emeteole signed me two years ago, in April 2015 and I was close to him. We will miss him,” Aguda added in an emotion-laden voice.
On Wednesday, the midfielder wrote a heart-felt tribute to Emeteole on his Facebook.
“The man dat God also used to give light in my career. I will 4ever remember you Kelechi Emetole A.K.A Nigeria Caterpillar.
“May ur soul rest in peace IJN Amen ????????.”
Odiye, others rally support for coach
The League Management Company (LMC) yesterday revealed that it has deducted some amount of money from the sum accruing to Enugu Rangers and El Kanemi Warriors from sponsorship income to settle the debts the clubs owe bedridden Coach Kelechi Emeteole.
According to the LMC, the said amount represents salary claims by the coach on the two clubs, adding that it made the payment which will now be deducted from the clubs’ Annual Basic Award.
In a letter conveying the payment to Emeteole through his wife, Phoebe, LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko informed the family that the payment was made to their United Bank of Africa account and also notified them that the LMC was in contact with a group of former player colleagues of the coach based in the United States, led b y Godwin Odiye, who are also launching a fundraising campaign for Emeteole.
“I wish to formally notify you that following our previous discussion, … has now been paid into your bank account, the details of which were provided us by your wife, Mrs. Phoebe Emeteole”, the LMC wrote in the letter signed by Dikko.He explained that the LMC were unable to reach Heartland as the club was at the end of last season relegated from the NPFL.
The LMC actually made the payments and would deduct the said money from the two clubs when making the payout due to NPFL clubs from sponsorship incomes.
“Please note that this total sum consists of money being owed by El-Kanemi Warriors and Rangers International. We have been constrained in reaching Heartland FC for the similar purpose as the club is no longer in the NPFL”, Dikko explained.
Odiye, a teammate of Emeteole in the 1980 Nations Cup winning Green Eagles communicated the fundraising effort to the LMC through another former international and former Director General, National Sports Commission, Dr. Patrick Ekeji, who also was in the 1980 victorious squad.