Another good news has trailed Nigeria’s first victory at the 2018 FIFA World Cup as the unregistered member of the Super Eagles squad, goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, says he is fast recovering from cancer.
Ikeme, who had been Nigeria’s first choice keeper during the qualifiers, was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in June last year and has been undergoing treatment until now.
After Nigeria qualified for the Russia showpiece, the 32-year-old Wolverhampton Wanderers star was named as the ’24th member’ of the squad and has continually backed the Eagles to fly at the tournament.
“After a year of intense chemotherapy I would like to share that I am in complete REMISSION,” Ikeme tweeted on Saturday.
“I still have hurdles to pass to be cured,but hopefully I can move on with some normality! I would like to thank everyone for their support over the past year. Thank you❤️ #Grateful🙏🏽,” he added.
This is the first time Ikeme is sharing the state of his health to the public. He has however consistently mentioned his gratitude for all the love, prayers and supports he has received from the world over as he battles with the disease.
Ahead of Friday’s clash between the Super Eagles and Iceland, the Icelandic team sent their best wishes to Ikeme, with the goalkeeper’s name imprinted on their number 1 jersey.
The Eagles won the game 2-0, to keep open the group which has Argentina and Croatia also in it.
After a year of intense chemotherapy I would like to share that I am in complete REMISSION. I still have hurdles to pass to be cured,but hopefully I can move on with some normality! I would like to thank everyone for there support over the past year. Thank you❤️ #Grateful🙏🏽
— Carl Ikeme (@Carl_Ikeme) June 23, 2018
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