Tributes pour in for Carl Ikeme on retirement

Pius Ayinor

Tributes have continued to pour in from across the world for Nigeria goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who announced retirement from football on Friday, reports By 7pm Nigerian time on Friday over 16,000 messages concerning Ikeme had been sent out on Twitter as the news continued to trend. The Nigeria international was also Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper.

Ikeme announced his retirement following his battle against acute leukaemia. He had raised hopes early in July when he revealed via his Twitter handle that treatment had gone on very well. He wrote: “After a tough year and intense chemotherapy treatment I would like to let everyone know I am in complete REMISSION.”

But on July 27 he wrote, “After advice from the doctors I have taken the decision to retire.”

“It’s not a sad day for me but one to look back with fondness and joy for being able to live my dream. I just want to thank everyone at @wolves for their support over the years. We have rode the good and bad times together, and I’m great-full to been a part of the clubs history. I’m looking forward to catching up with everyone again soon and being back around the club and city!! Thank You!!!

And since the announcement tributes have continued to pour in

Chelsea defender, Kenneth Omeruo wrote, “I would have love to play with you more my bro @carlikeme ..But am happy you will be with us in good health.. You are a legend bro.. and am sure Nigerians will miss seeing you in the national team.. Good luck my brother and like u said, it’s not a sad day…where is the retirement party do.”

A goalkeeper and one of his teammates at club level, Aaron McCray twitted, “What an honour it was to be a teammate of this big wonderful guy, but to be able to call him a friend as well is even better. All the best in retirement bro enjoy every minute of it ❤️ @Carl_Ikeme.”

John Ogu wrote, “Thank God for restoring back you Health. And Good luck with your next Chapter. ❤❤❤.”

Paul Berry wrote via Twitter, “Sometimes you meet players who make your life so much easier, & so much more enjoyable.From both sides of the media fence, @Carl_Ikeme was one of those guys. He should be hugely proud of his career, & how he has inspired people over the last 12 months. Enjoy ‘retirement’ pal!”

South Africa based Daniel Akpeyi wrote, “Thank God you got your life back bro, better things ahead.”

Victor Anichebe prayed for him on Instagram: “One door closes and another opens. Good Luck with your next chapter. God bless.”