Fmr HeartLand Fc Coach, Kelechi Emetole Passes Away In India After Suffering From Cancer Of The Throat

One of the respected coaches
on the domestic scene,
Kelechi Emeteole, is dead.
The former Heartland coach
died in the early hours of
Wednesday, June 21, in an
Indian hospital after battling
with cancer of the throat,
which has seen him
bedridden for over six
Emeteole, up until his death,
had difficulties in breathing
and swallowing and had a
pipe inserted in his throat to
aid him.
He passed on before a
corrective surgery could be
performed on him, a family
friend and media officer of
Heartland, Solomon Onu, told
“Kelechi Emeteole has passed
on,” Onu confirmed.
“Just spoke with his wife. I
woke up to see 13 missed
calls and quickly grabbed the
“The wife broke the bad news
and I’m devastated
“I spoke to the wife on
Monday and she even called
me back through WhatsApp
video call. I saw coach on a
bed receiving a drip getting
ready for the surgery to
remove the pipe on his neck.
He waved at me, little did I
know it was a sad goodbye
The ‘Caterpillar’ as he was popularly
known during his days in the national
team, managed top teams like Heartland
FC, Enugu Rangers and El Kanemi in the
Nigeria Premier League before his death.


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