Ezekiel Otuoma, a Kenyan footballer has received Ksh. 1.5million boost from Odibets betting firm for specialized treatment in Germany.
Otuoma lost his speech as a result of a rare medical condition.
The Odibet marketing manager Aggrey Sayi, accompanied by Odibets goodwill ambassador Fred Arocho Tuesday paid the 27-year old a surprise visit at his Utawala home in Nairobi to share the exciting news and donation.
“I’m surprised and excited. I was praying for my husband to talk again. Life has been very tough for us since he became ill a year ago and then stopped playing,” said Otuoma’s wife, Rachel
Otuoma, a former AFC Leopards and Ulinzi Stars attacker, was also offered an additional Sh700,000 to cater for additional expenses, 12 months rent, alongside a Sh. 200,000 boost for Rachel’s online business.
“He is not only a fantastic footballer but also one of us who’s entertained fans in the country with his sublime skills for a long time. Now that he needs our support, Odi Mtaani will endeavour to assist him,” explained Sayi.
The initiative was raised by several football stakeholders on social media, including Harambee Stars forward Michael Olunga, former international Boniface Ambani, and two journalists namely Mohammed Zuberi aka Curtis, a Ghetto Radio presenter, plus Francis Okello.
This comes two weeks after Odibets also bailed out Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi by offsetting his Sh500,000 hospital bill.
Matasi and his family had been admitted to a Kakamega hospital for 10 days to receive treatment for injuries sustained from a road accident along the Kapsabet-Nairobi highway.
Motor neuron disease (MND) is an uncommon condition that affects the brain and nerves. It causes weakness that gets worse over time. There’s no cure for MND, but there are treatments to help reduce the impact it has on a person’s daily life. Some people live with the condition for many years.
Otuoma was diagnosed with the disease a year ago and he has been in and out of the hospital.