Nigerian coach Kelechi Emeteole dies of throat cancer in India


Former assistant coach of the Super Eagles and Rangers International and Heartland FC coach, Kelechi Emeteole has died early Wednesday morning in India.

Emeteole who also played for the Super Eagles in the days they were called ‘Green Eagles’ died at the age of 66 years.

Emeteole, a defender during his active days was diagnosed for throat cancer and was scheduled to undergo surgery in March with several Nigerian players rallying support for his medical bills.

AOIFootball.com gathered Wednesday morning, that the surgery did not go on as he was too old to undergo a delicate throat surgery of that nature, a family source revealed.

Meanwhile the Nigeria Football Federation through its official twitter handle has commiserated with the family and friends of ‘Caterpillar’ as he was fondly called in his playing days.


”Our thoughts are with the family & friends of ex-int’l & former Beach soccer head coach Kelechi Emeteole, following his demise #RIPEmeteole,” the nff twitter handle posted.

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