NFF President Makes Surprising Remarks About Super Eagles Goalkeeper
The leadership of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Monday paid an official visit to former Super Eagles first-choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme at The Christie Clinic in Manchester, UK where he is being treated.
Ikeme played in the early rounds of the qualifying campaign for three 2018 FIFA World Cup, but he broke down to illness after being diagnosed with having leukaemia. Carl Ikeme became the Super Eagles’ number one goalkeeper months before the Russia 2018 preliminary fixture against Swaziland and the first match of the group phase against Zambia in Ndola. He was in goal in those three matches, only to be diagnosed with acute leukaemia after returning “abnormal blood tests.”
This was during pre-season testing at English club Wolverhampton Wanderers and he has since then had to undergo chemotherapy. The NFF visited him to present the Super Eagles kit to him, and to invite him to Nigeria vs England this May.
According to NFF president, Mr Amaju Pinnick, ‘’We have come to seek your permission to be our special guest at the Pre-World cup friendly game against England at Wembley on June 2nd. We want you to perform the customary kick-off.”
An ecstatic Ikeme, moved by all the kind words, responded that he was so overwhelmed by the show of love. “I am indeed grateful to Nigerians who daily flood my phone with prayers and well wishes. I feel their love everywhere, every day, on social media.
“I thank the Government of Nigeria and the NFF for all the support and I appreciate my teammates so much for being there for me.” He concluded.