The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) says it was yet to establish contact with Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, who was diagnosed with acute leukemia on Thursday.
NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, who is still in shock since the news broke out, told The Guardian yesterday that his effort to establish contact with Ikeme had not yielded positive results. “I called his telephone number several times, but I was unable to speak with him. I have left a message for him.”
The Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C player has always shown ability, agility and high level of confidence between the sticks for Nigeria, since taking up the number one goalie’s responsibilities following the sudden retirement of three –time World Cup star, Vincent Enyeama, from international football in October 2015.
The Minister appealed to Nigerians and sports lovers across the globe to come together to give Ikeme the needed psychological support in his dark moment.
“Right now, I can’t imagine what will be going on in his head. He needs us as a people to stand in that gap and provide the psychological shoulder he needs to lean on. This is the time to show the whole world that Nigeria values her own. “
According to Dalung, apart from the medical intervention as already being put in place by his club, Ikeme will also need to stay strong and determined on his road to a steady recovery.