Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has announced his retirement from football at the age of 32.
According to the Wolverhampton Wanderers shot stopper, he made the decision based on medical advice from his doctors.
He was diagnosed with acute leukemia last year and had been receiving treatment until last month when he revealed that he was in “complete remission” after “a tough year and intense chemotherapy”.
Carl Ikeme, who has been at newly promoted Premier League side Wolves throughout his football career, announced his retirement via his social media account on Friday.
He said: “Thank you for the support over the years.”
“My last day as a footballer but one I am happy and grateful for. Thanks to everyone to do with Wolves and everyone in football I have met.” The 10-cap Super Eagles star added.
Wolves chairman Jeff Shi while speaking via a club statement praised the Ikeme’s strength of character in “what has been a very challenging time for him”.
“Carl is more than just a player in our eyes – he is our brother and an important part of our family.” Shi said.
He was honoured as the 24th player in the Super Eagles squad before the just concluded FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.