By Godwin Aikigbe
Nigeria internationals, Ahmed Musa and Kenneth Omeruo wish Carl Ikeme well, as the former Super Eagles first choice called time on active football on Friday due to acute leukaemia.
Both players represented Nigeria at the just-concluded World Cup in Russia, where they missed lining up alongside with the former Wolves keeper, who helped the team through the qualifiers begore being diagnosed with the dreaded disease last year.
“Carl, you have been a great brother and teammate. I want to wish you well in the next chapter of your life. You have been fighting your battle for a long time and you are in my prayers. May you be blessed with great new beginnings and good health #Soldier @carlikeme,” wrote Leicester City forward, Musa on Instagram.
Chelsea defender, Omeruo wrote on the social media platform: “I would have love to play with you more my bro @carlikeme .. but am happy you will be with us in good health.. you are a legend bro.. and am sure Nigerians will miss seeing you in the national team.. Good luck my brother and like u said, it’s not a sad day.. ❤️ where is the retirement party do 😬🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾.”
Ikeme, 32, announced his retirement from football, hinging his decision on doctors’ advice.
“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.