By Adeboye Amosu:
Nigeria goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, is devastated that he won’t be part of the Super Eagles’ squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as he continues to battle with acute leukaemia, but he wishes the team good luck in the tournament, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Ikeme, 31, played a part in the three-time African champions qualification for Russia 2018.
He featured in the first three games against Swaziland (home and away) and Zambia but his involvement was cut short after he he was diagnosed with the ailment after returning abnormal blood tests during a routine pre-season check-up.
It was recently announced that he has been handed an honorary place in Nigeria’s World Cup squad as he will be the 24th man in the squad.
But the Wolves goalie is disappointed he won’t be on the pitch in Russia.
“To say I’m devastated about missing the World Cup is a understatement. But I just want to thank everyone in 🇳🇬 for there prayers,love and messages. I can’t explain how much they mean to me❤️ I also want to wish my teammates, coaches and NFF luck for the summer coming 🇳🇬❤️,” Ikeme tweeted on Friday.
He made his debut for Nigeria in 2015 against Tanzania in an Africa Cup of Nations Cup qualifying match, and has been capped 10 times.