Mbebe has been booked off since after the successful staging of the tournament in January and February, and now confirms that he is suffering from colon cancer.
“Through surgery, doctors have managed to remove the part of the colon containing the cancer, as well as the marginal area close to the cancer and the surgery was declared successful,” he says.
“So far the doctors have not detected any cancerous cells outside of the ones that have been identified and removed. I will be coming to work in the next week or so and will begin chemotherapy once a month for five days and for the next six months.
“I want to thank my medical team and the hospital for the excellent and professional medical care they afforded to me, as well as everyone who prayed for me and the best wishes they extended to me and my family during this difficult period.”