Late
former coach of Heartland, El-Kanemi and Rangers, Kelechi Emetoele
will be honoured by the League when Match Day 26 games kick off
across the country on June 28.

Kelechi
Emetoele passed on in the early hours of Wednesday, June 21,
2017 after a bout of cancer and the League Management Company, LMC
have announced that a mark of respect will be shown to Emetoele.

Players
and match officials of clubs will turn out with black arm bands to
honour Emetoele.

Emeteole,
nicknamed ‘Caterpillar’ in his playing days for various league
clubs in the country died in India where he underwent surgery for
throat cancer.

Shehu
Dikko, the Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) expressed
grief at the demise of the coach who in addition to managing several
league clubs also worked with national teams including the Super
Eagles, the Flying Eagles, the Golden Eaglets and the Beach Soccer
team, otherwise called the Super Sand Eagles.

The
passing on of coach Emeteole is a great loss to the NPFL because he
was a coach that has been very prominent in the league coaching teams
and raising some of the players who have made this country proud.

He
was a true Nigerian who played football and worked with clubs across
the states, speaking all three Nigerian major languages,” remarked
Dikko.

After
retiring from active football with the Owerri based Spartans FC,
Emeteole took to coaching and remarkably helped El-Kanemi Warriors
return to the NPFL rising all the way from the then Division 3
through to the Division two and to the defunct Nigeria Football
League.

A
prominent protégée of his at the Borno side is Enyimba
International FC’s Ikechukwu Ibenegbu who had gone on to represent
Nigeria at the senior level and the Beach Soccer championships.

The
late Emeteole also had repeat stints at Heartland FC of Owerri and
Rangers International.

The
LMC has therefore directed that a minute silence be observed across
all NPFL venues on Saturday, June 24 and on Wednesday, June 28 for
the Match Day 26 fixtures.

According
to Dikko, “Emeteole deserves all the honour we can accord him at
this time. We commiserate with his family and pray that God will
grant them the fortitude to pass through this trying time in their
family.”

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