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Nigeria to absorb Carl Ikeme as goal keeper coach for Eagles

Valentine Chinyem

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has promised to absorb retiring Super Eagles of Nigeria and Wolverhampton Wanderers shot-stopper, Carl Ikeme as a goal keeper coach.

This is sequel to the announcement of his retirement from football last week.

This was made known in a statement by the secretary general of the NFF, Mohammed Sanusi, who said the federation is already in contact with the retiring goal keeper to that effect.

According to him, “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.

“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.”

Sanusi said the NFF was in the loop of 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,” he said.

“Even though he was sad about, 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,” he said.

It would be recalled that Ikeme just recovered after a long battle with acute leukemia since 2017.