Super Eagles Goalkeeper Ikeme Retires From Football

Super Eagles Goalkeeper Ikeme Retires From Football
Super Eagles Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme (file)

 

Super Eagles and Wolves goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has announced his retirement from the professional game.

According to a statement by the English club on Friday, Ikeme disclosed his retirement to his teammates before a training session at Compton three days ago.

He took the decision after consultation with medical experts following his 12-month battle with acute leukaemia.

The 32-year-old had taken to Twitter in June to announce that he was in complete remission from the disease after ‘a tough year and intense chemotherapy’.

He intends to take some time off with his young family before embarking on life after football.

Ikeme was first called up to the national team in March 2007 by former Super Eagles coach Berti Vogts, who named a 37-man provisional squad for the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification match against Uganda.

He, however, made his international debut in September 2015 when Nigeria faced Tanzania in the 2017 AFCON qualification match.

The stopper has 10 international caps for the Eagles who honoured him at the 2018 Russia World Cup by naming him as their 24th squad member.

But was he unable to make it to the final stage of the tournament due to his cancer treatment.

Super Eagles Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme Is Winning Battle Against Leukaemia

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Nigerian international goalkeeper Carl Ikeme says he is on the road to recovery after undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia.

The 32-year-old — who has been capped 10 times for the Super Eagles — posted on Instagram that he still faced obstacles but things were looking far more positive than a year ago when he was diagnosed with the illness.

Ikeme — who has been with Wolverhampton Wanderers for his entire career and has played almost 200 games for the club as well as another 60 in spells on loan at other English clubs — returned “abnormal blood tests” during pre-season testing.

“After a tough year and intense chemotherapy throughout I would like to let everyone know I am in complete REMISSION,” he posted on Instagram, alongside a photograph of him with his children.

“I still have hurdles to get over to be cured but I can hopefully now move forward with some normality. I would like to thank my family/friends to start with who have gone above and beyond for me.”

Ikeme, who laced his battle with humour posting a picture of himself on transfer deadline day in August 2017 saying he was transferring from one hospital room to another, said he had been touched by the support he had received.

“The support I have received from Wolves/Nigeria, the football world and from people from all over the world has been hard to put into words,” he said.

“I can’t thank everyone at the Christie and heartlands hospital (in Manchester) enough for there care!!! What next who knows… I’m just taking it a day at a time.”

AFP

Football World Expresses Support For Carl Ikeme

Carl IkemeThe football world has continued to express its support for Nigerian goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who was recently diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

Some of the clubs that took to Twitter to show love to the 31-year-old include his present club Wolverhampton as well as Aston Villa and Wolverhampton.

Goalkeepers who also asked the Nigerian to stay strong are Arsenal’s Petr Cech, Barcelona’s Marc ter Stegen and Liverpool’s Loris Karius.

See tweets below:

NFF, Wolves Call For Support For Carl Ikeme

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and English championships side, Wolverhampton Wanderers have called for total support for goalkeeper Carl Ikeme as he begins an immediate course of chemotherapy in his battle against acute leukaemia.

NFF general secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, said NFF and the Nigerian football family would rally round the energetic shot –stopper in his difficult period.

Read Also: Super Eagles Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme Diagnosed With Acute Leukaemia

Wolves, in a statement, says Carl and his family will receive the full love and support the club can provide and will be with him every single step of the way towards a full recovery.

He was in goal for the Super Eagles over two legs of the 2018 FIFA World Cup preliminary round against Swaziland, as well as the 2-1 defeat of Zambia in Ndola at the beginning of the group phase of the 2018 FIFA World Cup race.

Super Eagles Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme Diagnosed With Acute Leukaemia

English club Wolverhampton Wanderers have confirmed that Nigerian goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is to begin chemotherapy after being diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

The championship club say Ikeme returned “abnormal blood tests” during pre-season testing and further checks confirmed the diagnosis.

The 31-year-old has been with Wolverhampton Wanderers for his entire career, making more than 200 appearances for Wanderers.

With the latest development, Super Eagles’ goalkeeping problems worsen for coach Gernot Rohr.

Ikeme Eager To Return To Super Eagles

Super Eagles goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, is eager to return to the national team after being sidelined by injury that kept him out of the team’s international friendlies in France and 2019 AFCON qualifier against South Africa.

The Wolverhampton Wanderers of England goalkeeper, who is now approaching full fitness said he is anxious to return to action for his club pre-season preparations and the Super Eagles World Cup qualifier in August.

He is confident the Super Eagles will overcome the setback of the loss to Bafana Bafana and bounce back in their remaining qualifiers.

Ikeme made his international debut for Nigeria on September 5, 2015, against Tanzania in a 2017 AFCON.

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Super Eagles Squad For Zambia Clash Released

Gernot Rohr,Super Eagles On FIFA RankingSuper eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has released final squad for next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying clash against Zambia’s Chipolopolo in Ndola.

The goalkeepers are Carl Ikeme, Emmanuel Daniel and Ikechukwu Ezenwa.

The defenders are Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Jamiu Alimi, Abdullahi Shehu.

Others are Musa Muhammed, Elderson Echiejile and Kingsley Madu.

Chelsea star, Mikel Obi leads a midfield that include Ogenyi Onazi, Wilfred Ndidi, Nosa Igiebor, and Anderson Esiti.

Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Victor Moses, Saac Success, Brown Ideye and Alex Iwobi will lead the attack.

Invited players are expected to start arriving in Abuja as from October 2, 2016.

Super Eagles To Open Camp Ahead Of Tanzania Clash On Monday

Super eaglesNigeria’s national team, Super Eagles will open camp in Uyo on Monday, for Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Tanzania.

The Deputy General Secretary of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme, made the announcement in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State in southeast Nigeria.

Dr. Ikpeme had arrived in Akwa Ibom State on Friday, as a one-man advance party ahead of the team’s assistant coaches and backroom staff who are expected to arrive in camp on Monday morning.

Home-boys Emmanuel Daniel, Ikechukwu Ezenwa (goalkeepers) and Jamiu Alimi (defender) are also expected in Uyo, alongside a number of overseas-based professionals, including defender William Troost-Ekong and forward Odion Ighalo.

Team captain, Mikel John Obi, who had led the National U-23 to Olympic bronze in Brazil, is expected to arrive at the team’s Le Meridien Hotel on Tuesday.

Both the Super Eagles and Taifa Stars have little other than pride to battle for in Saturday’s game, as Egypt’s Pharaohs have already picked the lone ticket from the group to Gabon.

However, the Eagles and their new Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr, would use the match as a rehearsal for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series match-day one clash with Zambia in Ndola on October 8.

Although the result at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium would not count, the outcome of the encounter at the Levy Nwanawasa Stadium in Ndola would set the tone for the Eagles’ World Cup qualifying campaign.

The invited players are:

Goalkeepers: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England); Emmanuel Daniel (Enugu Rangers) and Ikechukwu Ezenwa (FC IfeanyiUbah).

Defenders: Leon Balogun (FSV Mainz 05, Germany); William Troost-Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway); Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal); Jamiu Alimi (Kano Pillars); Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal); Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey); Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France) and Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia).

Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Chelsea FC, England); Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor, Turkey); Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium) and Nosa Igiebor (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel).

Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Leicester City, England); Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England); Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium); Victor Moses (Chelsea FC, England); Imoh Ezekiel (Al-Arabi Sporting Club, Qatar), Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England); Brown Ideye (Olympiacos FC, Greece) and Victor Osimhen (Wolfsburg FC, Germany).

Yusuf Invites 26 Players For Super Eagles Friendlies

Super Eagles-Salisu Yusuf-Eagles FriendliesSuper Eagles Head Coach, Salisu Yusuf, has called up 26 players for the international friendlies against Mali and Luxembourg in Europe.

The three-time African champions would take on the Les Aiglons of Mali in France on May 27 before flying to Luxembourg to play the country’s national team on June 1.

Yusuf, who was installed as interim Head Coach by the Nigeria Football Federation last week, picked a relatively young squad that also includes former U-20 and former U-23 players.

All the invitees in the goalkeeper categories are: Carl Ikeme (Wolverhampton Wanderers, England), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United, South Africa), and Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Sunshine Stars).

The defenders invited are: Abdullahi Shehu (Uniao da Madeira, Portugal), Musa Muhammed (Istanbul Basaksehir, Turkey), Elderson Echiejile (AS Monaco, France), Kingsley Madu (AS Trencin, Slovakia), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa SK, Turkey), Leon Balogun (Mainz 05, Germany), Gbenga Arokoyo (Gaziantepspor, Turkey), William Troost Ekong (Haugesund FC, Norway), and Chidozie Awaziem (FC Porto, Portugal).

For the midfielders, players called up are: Ogenyi Onazi (SS Lazio, Italy), John Mikel Obi (Chelsea FC, England), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City, England), Wilfred Ndidi (KRC Genk, Belgium), Raheem Lawal (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey), and Etebo Oghenekaro (SC Farense, Portugal).

The players invited in the forward category are: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow, Russia), Moses Simon (KAA Gent, Belgium), Victor Moses (West Ham United, England), Odion Ighalo (Watford FC, England), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal FC, England), Aminu Umar (Osmanlispor FK, Turkey), Aaron Samuel (CSKA Moscow, Russia), and Brown Ideye (Olympiakos FC, Greece).

Super Eagles To Miss AFCON 2017 After Egypt Loss

Super EaglesThe Super Eagles of Nigeria will miss the 2017 edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after losing by a lone goal to the Pharaohs of Egypt on Monday in Alexandria.

Although, it was 0-0 at half time, the Egyptians always looked more likely to win the match having rattled the Nigerian defence on many occasions in the first half.

The Nigerians were limited to short passes, unable to convert their possession into attempts on goal.

The second half saw the Pharaohs maintaining the momentum and finally got their goal in the 65th minute.

Ramadan Sobhy shot towards the Nigerian goal and the ball rolled under goalkeeper Akpeyi’s arm thinking his defence line would clear it.

The Eagles’ introduction of Alex Iwobi failed to produce the spark seen in the reverse leg in Kaduna and the Egyptians saw out the match to seal their qualification for the AFCON.

The Eagles went into the Alexandria game in dire need of a win to give them a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket but the resilient Pharaohs ensured that the 3-time champions miss out for the second consecutive edition.

Nigeria’s chances became slimmer following Chad’s withdrawal from the AFCON qualifiers, as Egypt topped the group, leading Nigeria with two points and Tanzania on one point.

The win has now created an insurmountable 5-point lead for Egypt as only the match against Tanzania is left to play.

Siasia Starts Moses, Umar In Super Eagles Game

SiasiaSuper Eagles coach, Samson Siasia has made three changes to his starting line-up against Egypt in Alexandra.

Victor moss and Aminu Umar start for the Super Eagles while Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho returns to the bench.

South Africa-based Daniel Akpeyi will be in goal after Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who was ruled out due to illness.

Siasia will also stick with Stanley Amuzie at left back and Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi will not start despite serving out his suspension.

The coach had said ahead of the battle of supremacy against Egypt in group G of the 2017 AFCON qualifier that there is no room for complacency in Alexandria.

He insisted that this is the time the team must break the jinx of never defeating the Egyptians since 1990.

The coach added that all players were aware of this fact, stressing that whoever gets to play must fight very hard for the country.

AFCON Qualifier: Super Eagles Ready For Egypt – Siasia

Super eaglesSuper Eagles Interim Coach, Samson Siasia, says there is no room for complacency in Alexandria.

Siasia’s statement is coming as the Eagles get set to take on the Pharaohs of Egypt on Tuesday evening in a battle of supremacy in group G of the 2017 AFCON qualifier.

He insisted that this is the time the team must break the jinx of never defeating the Egyptians since 1990.

The coach added that all players are aware of this fact, stressing that whoever gets to play must fight very hard for the country.

The game has been scheduled for 5.35PM Nigerian time.

The Egyptians forced the Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw first leg of the AFCON qualifier, which was played before a massive crowd of supporters inside the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, northwest Nigeria.

Following Chad’s withdrawal from the race, Egypt top the group with four points, with Nigeria second on two points and Tanzania on one point.

The Eagles go into the Alexandria game in dire need of a win to give them a boost for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations ticket.

Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has been ruled out of the match due to illness.