IKEME: NFF Offers to Train, Absorb Former Keeper into Eagles’ Crew


The Nigerian Football governing body, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have come to rescue of former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, who was diagnosed of Leukemia last year as the Glasshouse has offer to give the retired Super Eagles’ safe hands a coaching education as a goalkeeper trainer and then absorb him into the technical crew of the senior national team.

It is recalled that Ikeme had Friday announced his retirement from football in accordance with the advice of his doctor. The Nigeria and Wolveshampton Wanderers goalkeeper was said to have made tremendous recovery from the ailment as the remaining cancer virus in his bone marrow at the moment does not pose any major risk to his life and has subsequently, he has been discharged from the hospital where he has been receiving Chemotherapy.

The effect of effect of the Chemotherapy treatment he has received en route to his recovery can be seen all over him; as his head is without any strand of hair at the moment.

The NFF’s intervention for the reliable goal tender was announced by the General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi even as he also disclosed that the Federation have been in contact with him before now.

“Carl Ikeme was an embodiment of absolute dedication, commitment and patriotic fervour in the games that he played for the Super Eagles. The circumstances of his retirement from the game are somewhat depressing, even as we thank God for his life,” Dr Sanusi began.

“The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will find the resources to send him on a coaching course, and afterwards absorb him into the technical crew of the Super Eagles. That is the least we can do for such a dedicated patriot,” Sanusi declared.

Speaking further, the NFF’s scribe revealed that the NFF knew about Ikeme’s plan to retire from football. “A few weeks ago, he had spoken on phone with the NFF President and first Vice President of CAF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, to intimate him on his (Ikeme’s) desire to retire. “Despite Amaju being sad about it, he commended Ikeme’s fighting spirit and respected his decision, and also said he would rather allow the player or his club to break the news.”

Ikeme, diagnosed was diagnosed with acute leukemia in July 2017, but who entered into complete remission only last month, announced his decision to retire from the beautiful game on Friday. He played 191 matches for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, and was pivotal in the club’s promotion from League One to the English Championship. He is currently being heavily celebrated for uniting a club more renowned for its divisive tendencies.

It is noted that the Anambra State born goalkeeper, was in goal for the Super Eagles in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Swaziland home and away, and away to Zambia; the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Tanzania home and away, and against Egypt at home, and; in friendly matches against Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Niger Republic.

It is true that Ikeme played 11 matches for the Super Eagles; Nigerians love him so much for coming to the Eagles’ rescue after the sudden retirement of former goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama following disagreement with former captain and coach, Sunday Ogochukwu Oliseh.

Ikeme warmed himself to the hearts of Nigerians with his performances during his brief but fruitful stay with the national team. It is good that the NFF have come up with this plan for the man who sacrificed everything for the country.

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