Former Super Eagles and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has announced his retirement from football. Ikeme on Tuesday announced his decision to his teammates before a training session at the club’s ground.
Ikeme took the decision after consultation with doctors after a 12-month battle with leukaemia. The goalkeeper announced last month that he was in complete remission. However, it is clear the illness has forced him to bow out of his career.
Ikeme amassed 10 caps for the Nigerian National team and over 200 appearances for Wolves after joining the club as a 14-year-old. The 32-year-old has had a successful career with Wolves by winning two promotions and earned the respect of many Nigerians in his very brief international career.
Managing Director Laurie Dalrymple in a statement stated that “a brilliant goalkeeper who deservedly earned promotions and international caps, Carl’s exemplary application on the pitch was matched off it by tireless hard work and a positive attitude that will continue to be an inspiration for young players coming through our Academy for many years to come.
“I have been in touch with Carl regularly during a very difficult year for him and his family, and I have been constantly in awe of his strength, positivity and heart at a time of great adversity”.
Ikeme will, therefore, continue his recuperation outside football and I will like to see him take more active social roles in the community as an advocate for players’ health in England and Nigeria.