The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has expressed happiness at the news that former Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper Carl Ikeme is winning his battle with cancer.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers stopper was diagnosed with acute leukemia last year and has been receiving chemotherapy treatment until the weekend when he entered into complete remission.
Speaking on behalf of the NFF in Saint Petersburg, Russia via Guardian, the body’s General Secretary, Sanusi Mohammed said: “We are indeed very happy and we rejoice with Ikeme on his progress. This is very good news that, I believe, will further inspire our Super Eagles ahead of their big World Cup match against Argentina today.”
“Now that he has made the very important progress to remission, our prayer is for him to attain full recovery in the shortest time possible.” He added.
Ikeme had earlier announced his treatment update via his twitter handle on Saturday. His tweet said: “After a tough year and intense chemotherapy treatment I would like to let everyone know I am in complete remission. I still have hurdles to get over to be cured but I can hopefully now move forward with some normality.
“I would like to thank my family and friends, to start with, who have gone above and beyond for me. The support I have received from Wolves/Nigeria, the football world and from people from all over the world has been hard to put into words.
I can’t thank everyone at the Christie and Heartlands Hospital enough for their care!!! What next who knows…I’m just taking it a day at a time.” it concluded.
Sanusi Mohammed and other NFF chiefs including president Amaju Pinnick had visited Carl Ikeme at the Christie and Heartlands Hospital, Manchester in March.