By Adeboye Amosu:
Super Eagles goalkeeper’s trainer, Alloy Agu, says that he respects the decision of Carl Ikeme to quit football on medical reasons and wishes the former Wolverhampton Wanderers shot-stopper the best in his future endeavours, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
Wolves announced the shot stopper’s decision on their official website early Friday afternoon.
The 30-year-old also confirmed the touching news on his Twitter handle few minutes later.
Last month Ikeme announced on Twitter that he was in complete remission from the disease after ‘a tough year and intense chemotherapy’.
“There is always a time in man’s life that you have to take a big decision like this and I think we have to respect Ikeme’s decision to end his football career,” Agu stated in a chat with Completesportsnigeriacom from his Lagos residence on Friday.
“We all know what he has went through for some time now and it is good that he has survived the health challenges.
“He is a truly a strong individual which he showed in the way he battled through the ailment.
“For us, it is sad that he won’t be able to play for the Super Eagles again because we were looking forward to having him back in the team in future.
“We hope he recover fully and wish him the best in future.”
The Wolves Academy product came to the decision after consultation with medical experts following his 12-month battle with acute leukaemia.
Ikeme made 274 domestic career appearances in all competitions, with over 200 of them coming for Wolves, the club he joined in 2000 as a 14-year-old.
The goalie went on to win two promotions, and ten international caps for Nigeria, who honoured him at this summer’s World Cup by naming him as their 24th squad member.
He now intends to take some time off with his young family before embarking on life outside playing football.