Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has announced his retirement from football at the age of 32 after long battle with Cancer.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers FC goal tender who made 10 appearances for the national side was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017 and has at this point deemed it fit to quit the game following medical experts advise.
The doctor suggested I should retire after the toll the treatment has taken on my body. I can’t really risk trying to come back,” Ikeme told the Wolves website.
“My health is my main thing. I just want to be here for my children, family and friends. In the grand scheme of things, with your life in danger, it’s a minimum price I have to pay to spend the rest of my time with my family.
“I’m happy with what I’ve achieved.” BBC Sport reported.
Ikeme was in goal for Nigeria’s first three matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying series on both legs against Swaziland in the preliminary stage, and away to Zambia in the opener to the group phase campaign, before being diagnosed of acute leukaemia.
His first cap for the national side was in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Tanzania in Dar es Salaam in September 2015