One of Kenya’s leading betting firms Odibets has come to the aid of ailing former AFC Leopards star Ezekiel Otuoma. The footballer was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) sometime last year, which applied brakes on his football career, his last team being Talanta FC.
The once lethal striker, who has been in and out of hospital, came out to seek financial help early this year. On Tuesday 6th May 2021, through its ’Odimtaani’ initiative, Odibets paid his medical bill of Ksh1.5 million in Germany to facilitate his treatment.
In addition, the betting firm has also paid for the transport costs to Germany to a tune of Ksh300, 000 and a further Ksh200,000 to support the wife’s business.
Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, when the betting firm visited the former AFC Leopards striker, Odibets Country marketing manager Aggrey Sayi said the company had come to offer a message of hope to the footballer who once graced Kenyan grounds.
“Today we have visited Ezekiel to bring a message of hope to him and support him by paying his medical bill,” said Aggrey Sayi.
For Ezekiel Otuoma’s wife, Racheal, tears rolled freely as she narrated how Odibets help could not have come at a better time. “This is something we didn’t see coming, we have been praying and asking God to come through for us. I can’t say much but thank Odibets for all they have done for us,” said Rachael.
Early last month, Odibets under the Odimtaani initiative paid hospital bills for Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi and his family who were involved in a road accident.