The
Nigeria Football Federation has announced that it will offer retired
Super Eagles’ safe hands Carl Ikeme coaching education as a
goalkeeper trainer and then absorb him into the technical crew of the
Super Eagles

NFF
General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi disclosed at the weekend that the
Federation is in contact with Ikeme, who announced his retirement
from the game on Friday afternoon, with a view to training him as a
goalkeeper coach.

Carl
Ikeme was an embodiment of absolute dedication, commitment and
patriotic fervour in the games that he played for the Super Eagles.
The circumstances of his retirement from the game are somewhat
depressing, even as we thank God for his life.

The
Nigeria Football Federation will find the resources to send him on a
coaching course, and afterwards absorb him into the technical crew of
the Super Eagles. That is the least we can do for such a dedicated
patriot.”

Sanusi
revealed that the NFF was in the know about Ikeme’s plan to retire
from football.

A
few weeks ago, he had spoken on phone with the NFF President, Amaju
Melvin Pinnick, to intimate him on his (Ikeme’s) desire to retire.
Even though he was sad about it, the NFF President commended his
fighting spirit and respected his decision, and also said he would
rather allow the player or his club to break the news.”

Wolverhampton
Wanderers FC of England goalie Ikeme, diagnosed with acute leukaemia
in July 2017 but who entered into complete remission only last month,
announced his decision to retire from the beautiful game on Friday.

He
played 191 matches for Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, and was pivotal in
the club’s promotion from League One to the English Championship.
He is currently being heavily celebrated for uniting a club more
renowned for its divisive tendencies.

Ikeme
was in goal for the Super Eagles in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying
matches against Swaziland home and away, and away to Zambia; the 2017
Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Tanzania home and away, and
against Egypt at home, and; in friendly matches against Democratic
Republic of Congo, Cameroon and Niger Republic.

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