Members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) are making arrangements to dispatch a five-man delegation to London to visit the Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme who’s hospitalized.
Ikeme was about a couple of weeks ago reported to have been suffering with acute leukemia, which instantly got him into a London hospital where he is presently getting treatment.
A member of the technical committee of the NFF, Etubom Paul Bassey told journalists in Abuja that the committee is putting the arrangement in motion while anticipating the return of their president, Amaju Pinnick who travelled away from the country. He also assured Nigerians that the nonappearance of the Wolverhampton goalkeeper from the epic 2018 Russia World Cup qualifier against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon won’t affect the team’s performance.
“We are making concrete arrangements to pay a solidarity visit to our goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme whom you know is down and admitted in a London hospital. All we are waiting is for the NFF president to return and give the necessary approval. The boy has been very committed to national assignments ad it is only natural that we visit him in this trying time and let him know we are with him in prayers.
“Again talking about the crucial game we have against Cameroon in August, let me also say that the absence of Ikeme will not affect our performance because both the coach and the players know what is at stake and how important that game is to our booking a place at the world cup.”
Etubom Paul Bassey equally used the Chance to appeal to Nigerians to not write off the Super Eagles due to the poor game they had against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in which the Bafana Bafana ran off with a 2-0 victory in the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).