Football fans can recall Emmanuel Eboue as the cheerful Arsenal player, the Ivorian with a warm state of mind and an infectious smile that stuck on his face week in, week out, true fans top choice.
The 2006 UEFA Champions League final was the highlight of the Ivorian’s spell with the Gunners as Wenger’s side narrowly missed out to Frank Rijkaard’s Barcelona, following an amazing campaign for the North London club that charmed many to love former Asec Mimosas player.
In 2012, Emmanuel Eboue was likewise an integral cog in Cote d’Ivoire’s wheel as the Elephants set out on a memorable AFCON campaign only to lose to an insubordinate Zambia in a crucial penalty shoot-out
In any case, in spite of what has been an amazing career, the former Arsenal right-back has encountered a dull spot of fortunes that has left him with literally nothing but hope and the terrifying shadows of ground zero.
Emmanuel Eboue has been experiencing the eight level of damnation recently: Lost a divorce battle where his better half was granted every one of his assets, Lost custody of his kids, Lost his granddad to malignancy, and is presently on the brink of suicide.
In an exclusive interview with Sunday Mirror, Eboue opened up on his ordeal;
‘I want God to help me. Only he can help take these [suicidal] thoughts from my mind. It hurts me a lot [not to see his children]. They used to call me. But now, no contact. It pains me to be alone without them.’
‘I am in the house but I am scared. Because I don’t know what time the police will come. Sometimes I shut off the lights because I don’t want people to know that I am inside. I put everything behind the door.
‘My own house. I suffered to buy my house but I am now scared. I am not going to sell my clothes or sell what I have. I will fight until the end because it is not fair.’
‘I didn’t want what has happened. I don’t wish it on anybody.’