Former Super Eagles offensive midfielder, Emmanuel Ebiede is dead.
Lisa Ebiede, daughter to the former Nigerian youth international broke the news of his demise on Friday. Lisa reported that the 45-year-old former SC Eendracht Aalst of Belgium player passed away at the RSUTH due to problems from hepatomegaly.
The term “hepatomegaly” refers to an overgrowth of the liver.
“It is true. My father died this evening at RSUTH from hepatomegaly complications,” Lisa told TheCable.
“The doctors tried everything and their possible best to increase his blood pressure but it was too low for them to remove the fluids in his stomach.
“He was getting better but at some point, the treatment was not working anymore.
“We thought he was getting better but it was not working. He went through so much pain. He stopped passing urine and faeces. In fact, it was just something else.
“We were just hoping on God but he’s gone to rest now.”
Lisa also commended the River state government for trying their best to keep him alive.
“River state government really came through for him to try to keep him alive. They bought a lot of things and spent money too,” she added.
Ebiede was part of the 1995 Flying Eagles squad that participated in the African Youth Championship (AYC) on home soil.
The former Sharks FC player opened his Super Eagles account under Bora Milutunovic in the 1998 pre-World Cup qualifiers against Iran.
He went on to earn two additional caps for the senior national team.
The former SC Heerenveen player is survived by a wife and three kids.