“I spoke with the doctor and he suggested I should retire because of the toll the treatment has taken on my body. He thinks it's what is best for me and I can't really risk trying to come back, my health is the priority. I want to be here for my children, family and friends. In the grand scheme of things, with my life in danger, it's the minimum price I have to pay to spend the rest of my time with my family.”
Those were the words of former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme as he called time on his football career after he was diagnosed of acute leukemia. He retired to the heartbreak of millions of Nigerians after his impressive performances for the Super Eagles.
Ikeme was viewed as the perfect replacement for Vincent Enyeama and it was evident through his performances. He was a crucial part of Nigeria's preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He retired after his diagnosis and was unable to represent Nigeria in Russia.
He achieved his aim of living a happy life and spending quality time with his family as opposed to his days in active football. He did not allow his health conditions take away the happiness he's worked so hard to earn and he's just as fine as he's ever been.
Ikeme made just ten appearances for the Super Eagles, but those moments remain fresh in our heads. He put up a show of calmness, maturity and dedication. He earned himself a spot in the Super Eagles ten years after his name first appeared on Berti Vogts' provisional list in 2008.
Ikeme played for Wolverhampton Wanderers throughout his club career, a spell that comprised 9 loan moves and 256 combined appearances. His immediate replacement at Wolves, Rui Patricio refused the number one jersey which was worn by Ikeme in respect to the retired goalkeeper.
We wish Ikeme long life and sound health in his new-found happiness, and hope he stays strong to win this tough battle. What do you think guys? Drop your comments below and don't forget to follow for more juicy stories.
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