If intriguing tales and inspirational stories add flavour to FIFA World Cup, the Nigerian goalkeeper’s tale has to be one of the most heart-touching stories of FIFA World Cup 2018. The Nigerian goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has revealed he is in remission having battled against leukaemia for the past year. Also Read - FIFA World Cup 2022 Organisers Hoping For More Indian Eyeballs Than Previous Edition
He took to Instagram to share this piece of news. The 32-year-old veteran was diagnosed with the disease last July during pre-season when a blood test returned showed the result. Also Read - RIP Rishi Kapoor! Succumbing to Leukemia, Veteran Actor Dies at 67 in Mumbai, Here is all You Need to Know About The Condition
The footballer has since received a lot of support from fans since his illness saw him miss the entire last season and there were speculations about his FIFA 2018 participation as well. Also Read - Pele Backs Kylian Mbappe to Become Best Player of His Generation, Says French Forward Can Emulate His Tally of 1000 Goals
His Instagram post read, “After a tough year and intense chemotherapy throughout I would like to let everyone know I am in complete REMISSION . I still have hurdles to get over to be cured but I can hopefully now move forward with some normality. I would like to thank my family/friends to start with who have gone above and beyond for me. The support I have received from Wolves/Nigeria, the football world and from people from all over the world has been hard to put into words. I can’t thank everyone at the Christie and heartlands hospital enough for there care!!!What next who knows… I’m just taking it a day at a time.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria will play their next encounter with Iceland on July 26, which should be a easy-breezy match for the African nation.