The Nigeria Football Federation has announced that it will offer retired Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme coaching education as a goalkeeper trainer before absorbing him into the technical crew of the Senior National Football Team.
This was disclosed at the weekend by NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, who said the Federation is in contact with Ikeme in the wake of his retirement from the game on Friday.
“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.
“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.”
Dr. Sanusi revealed that the NFF was in the know about Ikeme’s plan to retire from football. “A few weeks ago, he had spoken on phone with the NFF President and 1st Vice President of CAF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, to intimate him on his (Ikeme’s) desire to retire. 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.”
The Wolves keeper was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017 but he entered into complete remission only last month only to quit the game on Friday.
He had 10 caps for Nigeria after his debut to replace the legendary Vincent Enyeama.