Carl Ikeme retires from football

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Super Eagles goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme has announced his retirement from football following his battle with acute leukemia.

The Wolverhampton shot-stopper was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017.

In an official statement released on the club’s website, he said:

“I spoke with the doctor and he suggested I should retire, because of the toll the treatment has taken on my body,”

“He thinks it’s what is best for me and I can’t really risk trying to come back, my health is the priority.

“I want to be here for my children, family and friends. In the grand scheme of things with my life in danger, it’s the minimum price I have to pay to spend the rest of my time with my family.”

Reacting to the news, Wolves executive chairman Jeff Shi said:

“Having been at the club since the age of 14, Carl is far more than just a player in our eyes – he is our brother and an important part of our family,”

“When Carl came to tell us (with) his news, yes there was sadness, but also great happiness to see him so healthy and hungry for the opportunities that lay ahead of him.

“Carl is strong, a fighter, something he has proven in his playing career and also during what has been a very challenging time for him, so I have no doubt he will be a success in whatever he does next.

The England-born player was capped 10 times and named as an honorary 24th player in the Nigeria squad at the recent World Cup.

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