Emotional tributes were paid to Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme on Saturday as the English Championship season kicked off, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Ikeme, 31, was recently diagnosed with acute leukaemia, a form of blood cancer. Acute leukaemia is curable but takes long-term treatment, which the Wolverhampton Wanderers and Super Eagles first choice is already undergoing.
Since the diagnosis, Ikeme has received numerous get-well wishes from across the world and this continued on Saturday.
His club Wolves started it off with a stand in their Molineux ground spelt out in NO.1 CARL ahead of their 1-0 win over Middlesbrough, a gesture that Ikeme appreciated on Twitter.
Gabriel Agbonlahor, the former England striker with Nigerian blood, followed up with a tribute of his own in Aston Villar’s 1-1 draw at home to Hull City.
Agbonlahor scored Aston Villa’s opener and then held up a T-shirt with Ikeme’s picture emblazoned on the front along with a GET WELL SOON message. The gesture received huge applause from the fans and other players.
Ikeme will continue to miss key games for both Nigeria and Wolves as he continues his treatment but there is hope he will return to action at some point.