Super Eagles and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has announced his retirement from active football after receiving medical advice following a year-long battle with acute leukaemia.
The 32-year-old announced the news to his teammates before a training session at Compton on Tuesday morning
Ikeme who missed the Russia world cup on account of his battle with cancer recently that he was in “complete remission” after responding positively to an intensive course of chemotherapy, but he has accepted that his recovery will not extend to the resumption of a football career at elite level.
The stopper now intends to take some time off with his young family before embarking on life after football.
“My health is my main thing. I just want to be here for my children, family and friends. In the grand scheme of things, with your life in danger, it’s a minimum price I have to pay to spend the rest of my time with my family” Ikeme told the Wolves website
Ikeme made 274 domestic career appearances in all competitions, with over 200 of them coming for Wolves, the club he joined in 2000 as a 14-year-old.
The stopper went on to win two promotions, and ten international caps for Nigeria, who honored him at this summer’s World Cup by naming him as their 24th squad member.
Wolves executive chairman Jeff Shi said: “Having been at the club since the age of 14, Carl is far more than just a player in our eyes – he is our brother and an important part of our family.