Bechem United team manager Francis Bruce Thompson has had his right leg amputated after a bacteria infection.
Thompson was diagnosed last week at the St. John's of God Hospital in Duayaw-Nkwanta, near Bechem.
He was taken ill in the build up to their home match against Wa All Stars last week Sunday and thought it was malaria.
But after being hospitalized, the doctors had no option but to cut off his leg.
“I was not feeling well that day so my son accompanied me to the hospital in Duayaw-Nkwanta,” Thompson told Goal Ghana.
“The doctors admitted me after running a lot of test on me, it revealed that I have low amount of blood in my system.
“They took me to the emergency room for blood transfusion but I was allergic to the blood transfused into my body for two good days so the doctors asked for a second test after seeing a swollen boil on my right leg.
“Blood was taken from the boil for test in the laboratory and it revealed that there are poisonous bacteria causing severe damage in the leg.
“It was a sad moment when the doctors broke the news to me but I pulled myself together although I was down spirited initially.
“By God's grace everything (operation) went on successfully, I'm free now. The physiotherapists are taking me through a well design programme and I know everything will be okay as planned and I believe I will not be a liability to my family, Bechem United and the country as a whole.”
Thompson is now fine after the operation and has thanked his club president Kingsley Owusu Achew for his support.
“I thank the man behind Bechem United, Kingsley Owusu Achew for supporting me through cash and kind,” he added.
“Since I got admitted at the hospital, the players, management and teeming supporters of Bechem United have been trooping into my ward day and night just to show me their support.
“I’m really impressed because some of them will even like to sleep with me here in the hospital if given the chance.”