End of career due to leukaemia: Carl Ikeme must stop
Nigerian goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has ended his career after his ongoing fight against leukemia.
“I talked to my doctor and he recommended that I stop because the treatment put a lot of strain on my body,” Ikeme said: “My health is the most important thing,” the 32-year-old added.
Jeff Shi, owner of Ikemes Club Wolverhampton Wanderers, said: “We think Carl is much more than just a player – he is our brother and an important part of our family.
The England-born goalkeeper has been under contract with Wolverhampton Wanderers throughout his career, although he has been on loan several times during his career. In total, more than 200 games are compulsory for the Wolves in the Vita of Ikeme. He joined the club as a 14-year-old who returned to the Premier League last season.
Ikeme played nine internationals for the Nigerian national team and was symbolically the 24th player in the squad of the Super Eagles at the World Cup in Russia.
The regular goalkeeper at the World Cup was 19-year-old Francis Uzoho. Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said before the tournament in Russia: “The biggest disappointment is that Carl is missing.”