Carl Ikeme beats cancer and returns to football – The Sun Nigeria
By Bolaji Okunola
Nigerian striker Carl Ikeme has recovered from leukemia after a five-year battle. It has been collected that the former Super Eagles first-choice goalkeeper has been invited by his boyhood club Wolverhampton Wonderers to take part in first-team training at Compton Park training ground.
The 35-year-old was taken to the training ground by club goalkeeper John Ruddy and met the team’s coaching staff and other club officials.
In the video posted by the Wolves YouTube page, Ikeme was seen exchanging deep hugs with Wolves captain Connor Coady. He also met Ivorian defender Willy Bolly before taking to the pitch. He showed impressive reflexes and looked sharp like he never left as he was put tthrough the paces of the team’s goalkeeper coaches.
Ikeme at national team level became Nigeria’s first-choice goalkeeper following the retirement of Vincent Enyeama, and the Wolves man has settled into the national team role brilliantly. His career with the Super Eagles was quite short as he only made 10 national team appearances, keeping clean sheets in seven matches.
He abruptly ended his professional career in 2018 after revealing he had been battling blood cancer for 12 months.