By SamuelÂ Oyadongha, Yenagoa
The Team Manager of the Bayelsa State owned Premier League club, Bayelsa United, the Rev Affen Ebimobowei Phillips is now engaged in a battle for his life after he was found to have a kidney problem.
He is currently on dialysis and he is counting on the benevolence of the Bayelsa State governor, Chief Timipre Sylva to fund his medical bill.
His family sent a Save-Our-Soul message to Governor Timipre Sylva and the Presidency at the weekend on his deteriorating health condition.Â They are requestingÂ $54,000 for a kidney transplant in an Indian hospital.
His ordeal, it was learnt, started on January 5, 2009 following a road accident on Kabba road in which he suffered a broken arm.HeÂ Â was returning from a league match between the Zamfara United and his team.
His condition was said to have deteriorated due to lack of sustained treatment in a private hospital in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
According to family sources, the ailing football administrator had complained last October 18 of general weakness of the body and was taken to the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital where he was diagnosed to be suffering from end-stage kidney failure and that his survivalwas dependent on life-long maintenance of dialysis or a kidney transplant.
In a letter written by the Renal and Dialysis Unit of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital and signed by the Consultant Nephrologists, Dr. F. S. Wokoma, the Bayelsa FC Team Manager is expected to be treated with a minimum $54,000.
The Team Manager, who spoke with pain to newsmen on his sick bed said though the football club and the state government had tried to assist during and after the accident, the three times- weekly dialysis at the cost of N120,000 is beyond his reach.
â€I need help from Nigerians and the state government because I am dying and I donâ€™t want to die,â€ he lamented.
â€œThe problem is not the one we can carry alone. The best that we can do is the transplant. Nigerians should help my husband not to die,â€ she said sobbing.