The Super Eagles have wished their stricken goalkeeper Carl Ikeme a happy birthday while wishing for his quick recovery from leukaemia, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Ikeme clocked 32 on Friday, just days before the Super Eagles begin their World Cup campaign, which he would have been part of if not for the leukaemia diagnosis.
“Happy Birthday @Carl_Ikeme. There are many more happy years ahead of you.
#GetWellSoon. #SoarSuperEagles #Team9jaStrong,” the team tweeted on Friday with pictures of Ikeme being presented with a signed shirt by Nigeria Football Federation and Super Eagles officials.
Ikeme replaced the retired Vincent Enyeama as Super Eagles first choice under Sunday Oliseh.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers was in goal for the Super Eagles in three of their 2018 World Cup qualifiers (home and away against Swaziland and away to Zambia in Ndola).
His dreams of featuring for Nigeria at the World Cup were cut short on 6 July 2017 when it was announced he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia after returning abnormal blood tests during a routine pre-season check-up.
He made his international debut for Nigeria on 5 September 2015 against Tanzania in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game.