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10 memorable facts about “Caterpillar” Emetole

Former Nigerian International, ex-Super Eagles Assistant Coach and former Heartland FC coach Kelechi Emeteole passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, June 21 2017, in India where he went for medical treatments.
Here are some football statistics of the late Emeteole:
17 CAPs FOR NIGERIA
Emeteole had 17 International Caps and scored four goals for the then Green Eagles of Nigeria after making his debut on July 13,1975 against Congo in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Brazzaville, which Nigeria won 1-0 with a Sunny Oyarekhua goal.
1st GOAL FOR NIGERIA
Late Emeteole scored his first goal for Nigeria against Zambia in Lusaka as Nigeria defeated Zambia 3-1 in an International Friendly game in 1976.
2nd GOAL FOR NIGERIA
Emeteole scored his second International goal on April 3rd 1976 against Morocco in an Olympic qualifier in which Nigeria won 3-1 in Lagos.
3rd GOAL FOR NIGERIA
His third Eagles goal was scored against Sierra-Leone on October  30,1976, a FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Nigeria won 6-2 at home.
4th GOAL FOR NIGERIA
His fourth and last goal for N Nigeria came on March 12,1977 in a 1-1 draw against Sierra-Leone in Freetown in a Nations Cup qualifier.
ASSISTANT COACH STINTS IN THE NATIONAL TEAMS
Late Emeteole was one of the Sebastine Brodricks’ assistant coaches when the Golden Eaglets won the maiden FIFA U-17 World Cup(FIFA/Kodak U-17 World Cup  then) in 1985 in China.
He was also an assistant coach as Brodericks also led the Nigerian lads to the 1987 U-17 World Cup in Canada. He also once served as an assistant coach in the National U-20 team, the Flying Eagles.
Emeteole also served in the Senior National team, the Super Eagles, under the late Shaibu Amodu.
NIGERIAN LEAGUE VETERAN AS PLAYER AND COACH
As a player, Emeteole distinguished himself playing in the Nigerian League of the Olden days, the reason he was called up to the National teams-the Green Eagles then.
He played for the Spartans of Owerri which metamorphosed into Iwuanyawu Nationale and now Heartland FC. He also played for Mighty Jets of Jos and Enugu Rangers.
The late Emeteole remains the only Nigerian coach to have coached Heartland FC on four different occasions.
As coach, he also had spells with Calabar Rovers, El-kanemi Warriors and Insurance of Benin. He was also an assistant coach to Tunde Disu at Saudi 89 FIFA U20 World Cup.
MEETING WITH IDOL, ARSENE WENGER
His best ever moment, was meeting his coaching idol Arsene Wenger during a coaching clinic in England.
2009 CAFCL SILVER MEDAL FEAT WITH HEARTLAND.
Another remarkable moment for Emeteole was leading Heartland as head coach to the final of the CAF Champions League in 2009 against TP Mazembe.

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