Emmanuel Ebiede, a former Super Eagles footballer, has died. He died on Friday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State’s capital, of Hepatomegaly (liver enlargement), FTN learned.
Ebiede, 47, died at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital around 4 p.m.
He is survived by his wife and three children, two of whom live in Nigeria and one in Holland.
In 1995, he was a member of the Flying Eagles squad that competed in the African Youth Championship on home soil.
The company is based in the United Kingdom. Former SC Heerenveen player David Doherty, who ran for the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation last year, confirmed the death to our correspondent.
Doherty had set up a fund for donations to help the sick Ebiede till his death.
“I just spoke with Emmanuel’s daughter, who confirmed that Emmanuel is dead,” Doherty told The PUNCH.
“I’m pretty depressed right now. I checked in with this person two days ago to see how he was doing.
Ebiede earned two caps for the Super Eagles, making his debut in a 1-0 win against Iran in a pre-World Cup friendly on January 28, 1998, under Serbian Bora Milutinovic.
In 1995, Ebiede joined Belgian First Division side SC Eendracht Aalst from his boyhood club Sharks of Port Harcourt.
He joined SC Heerenveen in the Dutch Eredivisie in 1997, followed by stints in the United Arab Emirates (1999-2004) and Israel (2006-2008). After that, he came home to play for Bayelsa United and Sharks. He retired in 2011.
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