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NFF Top Shots Visit Ikeme In Hospital, To Honour Keeper At England Vs Nigeria Friendly

The top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF)  have paid a visit to stricken Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

Wolves goalkeeper Ikeme became the Super Eagles first choice before the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup preliminary fixture against Swaziland and the first match of the group phase against Zambia in Ndola.
But nine months ago, he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia after returning “abnormal blood tests” during pre-season testing at English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers and had to undergo chemotherapy.


On Monday, as the Super Eagles prepared for tonight’s World Cup friendly against Serbia in London, President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, led a delegation of NFF top shots and team staff to visit Ikeme at The Christie Clinic in Manchester, where he is being treated, the NFF said in a press release on Monday.

In the delegation also were NFF 1st Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi, General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, Super Eagles’ Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi, Eagles’ goalkeepers’ trainer Alloy Agu and team media officer, Toyin Ibitoye.

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Pinnick said: “We have come on behalf of the Government of Nigeria and the NFF to check up on you, find out how your recovery is going and to tell you that you are still very much on our minds and a member of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

“We have also come to seek your permission to be our special guest at the pre- World Cup friendly game against England at the Wembley Stadium on 2nd June. We want you to perform the customary kick-off of that game and if you approve of it, we will immediately request this of The Football Association.”

Pinnick further assured the goalkeeper that he would be fully captured in the team’s financial benefits for Nigeria’s qualification for the FIFA World Cup “as we all remember the role you played in helping us get off to a winning start in the final phase of qualifiers in Ndola against Zambia.

“We believe this is just a phase that will pass away. You will come out of it stronger and still be able to do what you love to do the best, both for your club and the Super Eagles of Nigeria.”

Enebi, said: “On behalf of the team, we want to reassure you of our love. The entire team would have been here to see you if we were not playing against Serbia. Coach Gernot Rohr, the technical and backroom staff are all praying for your speedy recovery. The team asked that I present this autographed jersey, signed by all the players, to you. It is our new kit for the World Cup.”

Agu, who is a former Super Eagles goalkeeper, said: “As your goalkeeper coach in the national team, I know you are a fighter, you never give up. I believe these attributes will see you through. We will always be there for you as you recover from this illness.”

An ecstatic Ikeme, moved by all the kind words, responded: “I am so overwhelmed by this show of love. I am indeed grateful to Nigerians who daily flood my phone with prayers and well wishes. I feel their love everywhere, everyday, on social media. I thank the Government of Nigeria and the NFF for all the support and I appreciate my teammates so much for being there for me.”

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  • Lucky Ukhun 3 years ago

    God be with you, Ikeme.

  • Abdulrazak 3 years ago

    God bless Amaju Pinnick and the BFF board for their thoughtfulness and support. My dear Carl, your sun will shine again.

  • Tunde Adeyemo 3 years ago

    Wishing you speedy recovery carl.

  • Omo9ja 3 years ago

    Thanks for the visit NFF. I wish you a speedy recovery Ikeme in sha Allah. Godbless Nigeria!!!

  • ISHAQ YAHAYA 3 years ago


  • Luqmanov 3 years ago

    Wishing you speedy recovery, Carl

  • elsabi 3 years ago

    ohh this is beautiful!!!! great leadership

  • FulaniBoy 3 years ago

    best NFF group we’ve ever had in this country!
    Pinnick for another term

  • Ayedun 3 years ago

    Carl we will all way love you get well soon my brother

  • SOLUADE Adeoye 3 years ago

    Thy Lord is your strength Carl

  • vincent Onuigwe 3 years ago


    WE LOVE YOU NFF !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ernest Alum 3 years ago

    It’s well with him . The good Lord will heal him quick in JESUS NAME. AMEN.

  • ifeanyi 3 years ago

    Move of the year! I’m so much moved and touched with what NFF has just don, the best NFF of all time, Carl is always a special person in my heart I know and I’m sure he will one day return to field of play some day soon, Carl we love u so much and we will continue to pray for u until u are completely healed, the Lord will never let u down

  • phillip 3 years ago

    Our God is an awesome God and will definitely make you a conqueror in this fight against the ailment, amen. Wishing you speedy recovery our darling goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

  • Kolawole 3 years ago

    This is the best NFF leadership in recent times. Not sure if they are perfect but they have been adequate when it mattered and at least little story of ineptitude that normally surrounds NFF.

    For Carl, He is coming back bigger because Christ lives.

  • Ganiyu Semiu Adewale 3 years ago

    All Nigerians wishes ailing Carl ikeme quick recovery. In Jesus name. Amen. By the special grace of Almighty God you will surely get back to the field of play. No fear. Amen.

  • Prince George Ikpeka 3 years ago

    .. waow, such hearty gesture to a great guy, kudos to the Nigeria Football Federation… we wish you carl, God’s healing as you recover speedily, stay blessed.. cheers!!

  • Ojo Samuel 3 years ago

    Get well soon ikeme… Our golden goalkeeper… Kudos to nff

  • This our NFF will not cease to make me happy. That’s very good of you.
    To Ikeme, the LORD will continue to be your strenght. We really missed you. Quick recovery is your portion.

  • The son of Ahmad 3 years ago

    لاَ بَأْسَ طَهُورٌ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ
    Laa ba’sa tahoorun ‘inshaa’Allaah.
    Do not worry, it will be a purification (for you), Allah willing.