Carl Ikeme Quits Football After Battle With Leukaemia

Carl Ikeme Quits Football After Battle With Leukaemia

Carl Ikeme has announced his retirement from football.

The Former Super Eagles' number one goalkeeper, diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017 but who entered into complete remission only last month, announced the decision on Friday afternoon.

Last month, on entering into complete remission, Ikeme had announced on his twitter handle: “After a tough year and intense chemotherapy treatment, I would like to let everyone know I am in complete remission.

“I still have hurdles to get over to be cured but I can hopefully now move forward with some normality.

“I would like to thank my family/friends, to start with who have gone above and beyond for me. The support I have received from Wolves/Nigeria, the football world and from people from all over the world has been hard to put into words. I can't thank everyone at the Christie and Heartlands Hospital enough for their care!!! What next who knowsI'm just taking it a day at a time.”

The Wolverhampton Wanderers FC safe hands was in goal for Nigeria's first three matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series before being diagnosed of acute leukaemia.

Ikeme’s first cap was in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Tanzania in Dar es Salaam in September 2015.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

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