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KCB comes to the rescue of former AFC leopards striker Ezekiel Otuoma

by Paul Nyongesa
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KCB comes to the rescue of former AFC leopards striker Ezekiel Otuoma

FKF Premier League side invited Ezekiel Otuoma to the first team’s training session ahead of their league match on Sunday, November 27.

Otuoma was also handed a small token to take care of his medical bill.

The former AFC Leopards striker was forced to take a break from football after he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in November 2020.

The 28-year-old striker is currently undergoing treatment.

According to the FKF Premier League side, the former prolific striker goes through weekly physiotherapy sessions and monthly checkups.

KCB FC noted that both sessions are financially expensive for his family to handle alone and has appealed to well-wishers for help.

In a previous statement, his wife, Rachael, noted that the former Ulinzi striker underwent treatment in India.

The medical bill of Ksh2.2 million was footed by one of the local betting companies in the country.

“It is for this reason that the family has a pay bill number to help raise funds for his medical expenses.

“Please make any contributions to this noble cause,” the club’s statement read.

Rachael told Citizen Digital the disease began as a persistent cough which later further medical tests showed his brains and nerves were paralyzed.

“He was attacked between November and December 2020, beginning as a cough before he slightly lost his voice. After it persisted, we decided to take him to hospital where it was discovered he has Motor Neurone Disease.

“It was difficult for raising money for his medical bills but well-wishers came to our aid. We were given KSh2.5 million by a betting firm to travel to India for medical attention but to my observation the drugs were not effective at all.

The disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, attacks the motor neurons of the brain and spinal cord, causing swift muscle degeneration.

The biological mechanisms that cause the disease are only partially understood and has no known cure. 

Otuoma has played for various clubs in the country, including Muhoroni Youth, Ulinzi Stars, Western Stima, AFC Leopards and FC Talanta.

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