Nigeria World Cup hope for ailing goal­keeper Ikeme

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Nigeria coach Ger­not Rohr is hope­ful goal­keeper Carl Ikeme, who has been di­ag­nosed with acute leukaemia, will re­turn for next year’s World Cup in Rus­sia. “It’s un­for­tu­nate that Carl Ikeme will be sick for a long time, we miss him, but hope­fully he will come back for the World Cup,” Rohr said on Wed­nes­day. “So, for the mo­ment we will work with the other goal­keep­ers.” The Wolver­hamp­ton Wan­der­ers num­ber one, who made his de­but against Tan­za­nia in 2015, played a key role in Nigeria’s 2-1 open­ing World Cup qual­i­fier vic­tory against Zam­bia in Oc­to­ber last year. But in June the 31-yearold was di­ag­nosed with acute leukaemia and im­me­di­ately be­gan treat­ment. Rohr said for­mer na­tional goal­keeper Vin­cent Enyeama will quit Lille when he has fully re­cov­ered from a knee in­jury. Enyeama was Ikeme’s pre­de­ces­sor in the Su­per Ea­gles be­fore he quit in­ter­na­tional foot­ball two years ago af­ter a ma­jor fall­ing out.

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