Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, announced his retirement from professional football following his battle with acute leukamia.
The Wolverhampton shot-stopper was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017.
In the light of his early retirement, Nigeria Football Federation have offered him a role in the technical crew of the Super Eagles.
The England-born player was capped 10 times and named as an honorary 24th player in the Nigeria squad at the recent World Cup.
And the NFF, in a statement signed by its general secretary Mohammed Sanusi, are offering to sponsor the 32-year-old’s coaching course before drafting him in Gernot Rohr’s backroom.
“Carl Ikeme was an embodiment of absolute dedication, commitment and patriotic fervor in the games that he played for the Super Eagles,”
“The circumstances of his retirement from the game are somewhat depressing, even as we thank God for his life.”
“The Nigeria Football Federation will find the resources to send him on a coaching course, and afterwards absorb him into the technical crew of the Super Eagles. That is the least we can do for such a dedicated patriot.”
“A few weeks ago, he had spoken on phone with the NFF President and 1st Vice President of CAF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, to intimate him on his (Ikeme’s) desire to retire.
“Even though he was sad about it, the NFF President commended his fighting spirit and respected his decision, and also said he would rather allow the player or his club to break the news.”