Nigerian Goalkeeper, Karl Ikeme retires from football after battling with Cancer


Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has retired from professional
football after a 12-month battle with acute leukaemia.
Last month Ikeme, 32, announced on Twitter he was in
complete remission from the disease after “a tough year
and intense chemotherapy”.
But after a consultation with medical experts he has
decided to call time on his career.
Ikeme joined Wolves as a 14-year-old and has made more
than 200 appearances for the club.
He has 10 international caps for Nigeria, who named him as
their 24th squad member for the World Cup this year as a
special tribute.
“I can’t risk trying to come back, my health is the main
thing in all of this,” Ikeme told Wolves’ official website.
“It’s difficult when you look at all the things you’ve gone
through in your football career, but in the grand scheme of
things, with your life in danger, it’s a minimum price I have
to pay to spend time with my family.”
Ikeme said he was proud to have been a “one-club man”
and had watched Wolves’ promotion campaign closely.
“This is my club,” he said. “It’s been strange because this
year I’ve enjoyed being a fan, watching the games. I’d be
getting a bit heated on my own in my hospital room when
nobody was about.
@carl ikeme
Thank you for the support over the years . My last day
as a footballer. But one I am happy and great full
for !!! Thanks to everyone to do with @wolves and
everyone in football I have met.
Wolves @Wolves
Carl Ikeme reflects on an incredible career.
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“When I’m doing radio commentary it’s no different, I try to
be professional but it spills out. This is my club and it
always will be, now I’m not playing, I’m a fan and I’m
looking forward to it.
“I’ll be coming to enjoy the games with the fans who’ve
supported me in my whole career, through the hardest
Wolves executive chairman Jeff Shi said: “Carl is far more
than just a player in our eyes – he is our brother and an
important part of our family.
“When Carl came to tell us his news, yes there was
sadness, but also great happiness to see him so healthy
and hungry for the opportunities that lay ahead of him.

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