Wolverhampton Wanderers keeper, Carl Ikeme on Friday expressed his gratitude to the club, as he announced his retirement from football due to ongoing battle with acute leukaemia.
The 32-year-old Nigeria international hinged his decision on doctor’s advice, expressing gratitude to Wolves.
“After advice from the doctors I have taken the decision to retire. It’s not a sad day for me but one to look back with fondness and joy for being able to live my dream. I just want to thank everyone at @wolves for their support over the years. We have rode the good and bad times together, and I’m great-full to be part of the clubs history. I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone again soon and being back around the club and city!! Thank You!!! 🔶◼️❤️,” stated the Sutton Coldfield-born, who was diagnosed with acute leukaemia on 6 July 2017 after returning abnormal blood tests during a routine pre-season check-up at Wolves.
On 23 June 2018, Ikeme told the public that he was in “complete remission” after “a tough year and intense chemotherapy”.
Ikeme made 191 appearances for Wolves from 2003 to 2018, within which time he played on loan at Accrington Stanley, Stockport County, Charlton Athletic, Sheffield United, Queens Park Rangers, Leicester City, Middlesbrough and Doncaster Rovers.
He was eligible to represent England or Nigeria at international level, but chose the latter and got first called up to the Super Eagles squad in March 2007 by Berti Vogts, who named him in a 37-man provisional squad for a 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Uganda and belted 10 games.
He made his international debut on 5 September 2015 against Tanzania in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game.
Ikeme made three appearances early on in Nigeria’s successful qualification campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but could not go to the final tournament due to his cancer treatment, which manager Gernot Rohr called his greatest regret.