Carl Ikeme: How the World Rallied Around Nigeria’s Retired Goalkeeper

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Monday, July 30, 2018 3.00PM / Proshare WebTV

On Friday July 27th, 2018 Carl Onora Ikeme the Wolverhampton Wanderers and the Super Eagles of Nigeria goalkeeper, announced his retirement from football after a successful recovery from Acute leukemia treatment and theraphy.

The decision which was a difficult one for the 32-year old Nigerian came after the doctors adviced him to take the bold step that bring an end to an eventful football career.

It is always a challenging period in a footballer’s career to retire prematurely to health concerns, but in this article we outline how the world rallied round Ikeme which reinforced the value of humanity in the passionate round leather game.

Carl Ikeme had 10 national team caps for Nigeria and played 200 games for Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C club in England.

One Carl Ikeme Tribute

It was very touching to see a short video clip that featured top class veteran and current goalkeepers across the globe, pay tribute to Carl Ikeme with the “One Carl Ikeme” phrase.

From Petr Schmeichel(Retired Danish Goalkeeper), David Seaman (Retired English Keeper) to Lukas Fabianski(Polish Keeper),  Iker Casillas (Spanish Keeper), Joe Hart (English Keeper,), Mac Andre Ter Stegen (German Keeper) and  Petr Cech (Czech Keeper), it was a show of solidarity to their fellow goalkeeper.

Tribute from Super Eagles Players

From Fellow Super Eagles Players like Ahmed Musa, Ogenyi Onazi, John Ogu, Daniel Akpeyi and Kenneth Omeruo, it was all praises and commendations for Carl Ikeme as a goalkeeper, teammate and friend.

They sent their best wishes to him, praying for his progress in future endeavours.

NFF Offer

In recognition of his contributions to the national football team, the Nigerian Football Federation has offered Carl Ikeme a role in its technical crew, which if he agrees to will come after series of coaching courses.

This is a welcome development to how Nigeria treats its sports athletes who have to end their careers abruptly to injuries or special ailments.

Carl Ikeme throughout his treatment received massive encouragement and support from the NFF.


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