Super Eagles and Wolvehampton Wanderers first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme was recently diagnosed of Leukemia, a form of blood cancer.
The English Championship side stated that Ikeme, 31, returned “abnormal blood tests” during pre-season testing and further checks confirmed the diagnosis.
Ikeme has been with Wolves for his entire career, making more than 200 appearances for the club. Thirty-three of those came last season, having previously been in the team that won the League One title in 2013-14.
In expressing the club’s official position regarding the situation, Managing Director, Laurie Dalrymple stated that “It would be an understatement to say that everyone at Wolves has been shocked and saddened to hear the news of Carl’s diagnosis”.
“That relates to both players and staff as Carl has been at the club for a very long time and remains such an integral personality within the group.
“At the same time, we all know what a fighter and a competitor Carl is, and I have no doubt that he will take all of those attributes into this battle.
“Similarly, its goes without saying that Carl and his family will receive the full love and support that we at Wolves can provide – we are all with him every single step of the way towards a full recovery.”
‘A strong man, a strong wolf’
Football clubs, players and team-mates of Ikeme, past and present, have been offering their support to the goalkeeper on social media.
Striker Nouha Dicko: “No words can express how I feel right now. I love you Carl. We are all with you, you are a strong man, a strong wolf. Stay strong bro.”
Winger Jordan Graham: “Kemes – you’re like a second father to me. The love I have for you I can’t even put into words. Stay strong we are ALL with you bro!”
Midfielder Dave Edwards: “On and off the pitch you are a role model to so many Carl Ikeme…we are all by you and your family’s side right now and we all love you!”
Millwall midfielder Jed Wallace: “One of the most genuine people you could wish to meet. Role model on and off the pitch. Stay strong big fella.”
Norwich winger Matt Jarvis: “Stay strong big man! Wishing you my best!”
Bolton striker Adam Le Fondre: “Absolutely gutted to hear – one of football’s top guys! My thoughts are with you and your family!!”
In Nigeria, former Super Eagles goalkeepers, Dosu Joseph and Ike Shorounmu rallied both emotional and spiritual support for the amiable Ikeme in overcoming the challenge this ailment now pose to his career.
Dosu stated that” It’s so unfortunate that he is going through this now, this is a great guy, he has done well since his invitation to the national team, and even with his club.
” We need to show him support and importantly pray for him, the need for these two cannot be over emphasized at this point in time”.
Ike Shorunmu mentioned his experience when he had a challenge in his career and how he was able to overcome. Shorounmu, now an assistant to Gernot Rohr stated that” I know what he must be going through, especially at the peak of his career and this happens, it can shatter any man to pieces, it happened to me too at some point in my career.
” I was down when I heard about his illness, it brought back memories of how I felt in 1998, I feel his pain, we should pray for him and be positive, and God will uphold him”
At this challenging period, it is important that Nigerians and all lovers of the sport keep Ikeme in their prayers. We at 9jafans which him quick and full recovery.