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What to know about neglected Super Eagle player Emmanuel Ebiede



By Sola Omoniyi, Lagos

Former Super Eagles forward Emmanuel Ebiede has died after he was abandoned in the hospital by the Federal government and the Nigerian Football Association after suffering from Hepatomegaly ( enlargement of the liver ).

Emmanuel was hospitalized in Port Harcourt, Rivers State after being detected with Hepatitis B.

Pictures of the protruding stomach of the 47-year-old ex-international went viral on social media late Tuesday night.

Ebiede was diagnosed with liver enlargement and was hospitalized at the Rivers State University Teaching Hospital. He was battling with a financial crisis which played a negative toll on his health until the Rivers State Government came to his rescue lately.

He played as a Midfielder for the Flying Eagles of Nigeria which is Under 21

Ebiede played for the defunct Sharks of Port Harcourt in 1994.

He joined Belgian First Division side SC Eendracht Aalst at the age of 16 and played 34 times for them scoring four times during the period.

In 1997 he moved to SC Heerenveen of the Dutch Eredivisie and find the back of the net two times in 36 appearances.

The former Sharks man also had some stints in the Middle East donning the colours of Al Jazira, Al Ain, and Al Dafra among others and made three appearances for Nigeria.

Emmanuel died on Friday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, after suffering from Hepatomegaly (enlargement of the liver).