Sport’s magazine FourFourTwo reports that Carl Ikeme has been named an honorary member of the Super Eagles’ squad for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
The 31-year-old who was diagnosed with acute leukemia was informed that he had the disease last summer ahead of the Championship club’s promotion-winning campaign and missed the entire season to receive vital treatment.
But ahead of Nigeria’s friendly against England at Wembley on Saturday, coach Gernot Rohr said, “Until the last moment, there is a possibility of bringing in these players. Carl Ikeme will be our 24th player to the World Cup.”
Nigeria has a history of awarding honorary roles. Former West Brom striker Osaze Odemwingie was named as their 24th man for the 2002 World Cup squad, while Tijani Babangida was brought along in 1998.
The Super Eagles will be facing Croatia, Iceland, and Argentina in Group D in Russia this June.
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