NFF to visit Ikeme in London


As get-well messages continue to pour in for Super Eagles and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, the Nigeria Football Federation has raised Five-man delegation to visit him in hospital.

Ikeme few days ago was reported to
have been diagnosed with acute Leukemia.

A member of NFF technical committee Mr Paul Bassey told Journalists in Abuja on Wednesday that arrangements are in top gear for the visit, but they are in wait of the return of NFF president who is currently out of the country.

According to him: “We are making concrete arrangements to pay a solidarity visit to our goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme whom you know is down and admitted in a London hospital. All we are waiting is for the NFF president to return and give the necessary approval. The boy has been very committed to national assignments and it is only natural that we visit him in this trying time and let him know we are with him in prayers,” said Bassey.

Wolverhampton Wanderers announced recently that the Super Eagles goalkeeper will remain listed as the club’s number one for the 2017/2018 season.

The club have also announced a number of initiatives to support Ikeme in what could be a long fight against cancer.

Ikeme has received messages of support including one from Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.

“Today I read the story about Carl Ikeme, a goalkeeper for Nigeria and Wolverhampton, who’s been diagnosed with acute leukemia [sic]. A person I’ve never met but his story affects me and touches my heart,” the German goalkeeper said.

“I can’t underline how important health is. In sport, it means a lot for every athlete; and it’s not just crucial so that we perform well but our health does affect us mentally also. I try to be in the best possible shape, remembering to follow my diet and regularly check up on my health status. I think about this all time. I would never want to see a player get injured, especially when it’s serious. I know the feeling and it’s the worst.

“But more alarming than an injury, is having to stop what you love because of your health. It’s complicated to understand and a painful reality to realize.  And when the cause is cancer. I am speechless. I don’t know what to say.

“I wish Carl and his family all the strength in the world. I’m sure his team-mates and club will be there too, and all their fans. It’s important to be united! And me too, I offer all my possible support. I’m hoping he can fight like goalkeepers always do, with a calm and positive mind. I believe in you, Carl. Be strong. Be brave.”


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