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‘I was worried my daughter will be growing up without me’ – Ikeme after battling cancer



Carl Ikeme has expressed relief after successfully winning his battle against cancer as he will be alive to watch his daughter grow.

The former Super goalie, was diagnosed with acute Leukaemia in July 2017, and had a new born daughter during his treatment.

He missed out on representing Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup due to the illness, and was forced to retire early from Professional football after being in complete remission.

The 32-year old, who spent his entire career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, revealed he was in shock and total disbelief when he was diagnosed with the illness and was worried his daughter would grow not know her father.

“I was worried my daughter will be growing up without me,” Ikeme said in a documentary aired on Wolves TV.

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“I kept asking myself why me, I am not a bad person.

“The first month (of treatment) was okay, but by the second month it took a toll on my body. It was going to be difficult.

“It was a lot of pain, I just had to keep riding it. I was determined.

“I am happy to be alive, just happy I could go home. I’m just happy to breathe fresh air, just a relief to me.

“I am truly grateful for every day.

“Now I’m looking forward to my kids’ future.”

Ikeme, after announcing his retirement, was offered a coaching role by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), but is yet to take the offer.

He is however currently serving as a TV pundit in the UK.


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