Friday, 7 July 2017

NFF, football world react as Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is diagnosed with acute Leukemia

Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday announced that Super Eagles goal stopper, Carl Ikeme has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.

Ikeme, 31, a Nigerian international goalkeeper returned some abnormal blood tests during his pre-season testing, and a further medical investigation has revealed he is suffering from leukaemia.

The club said Ikeme will start an immediate course of chemotherapy as he begins a lengthy battle against the disease.

News of Carl Ikeme’s illness follows a series of death, Ugo Ehiogu, Thiote,  that has rocked the football world recently, which makes it all the more sad.

However, what stands out from the thread is the strong show of support.

The Nigeria Football Federation has issued a statement expressing shock at the news.

The NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi said, “What? This is very, very sad. Carl Ikeme diagnosed with acute leukemia? This is harsh.”

Sanusi stated that the NFF and the Nigerian Football family would rally round him during this difficult period.

The official statement reads, “our thoughts are with Carl at this difficult period. The NFF and the football fraternity in Nigeria are taken aback by this sad development, knowing how strong Carl has been in goal for Nigeria since he made his debut in 2015.  We have been told that he will start chemotherapy immediately. We want him to stay strong and remain the self assured man that he has always been, and we will continue to pray for him and wish him the best with regards to the treatment".

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