Nigeria’s recuperating goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, extended his heartfelt gratitude to fans of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Queens Park Rangers for their touching display of support during the Championship clash between the two sides on Saturday. Ikeme, who has been battling acute leukemia since August, took to Twitter to express his appreciation for the fans’ unwavering encouragement.
“Thanks everyone. Been off Twitter for a bit getting on with my treatment. But I’m ok and thanks for the support again,” tweeted the Super Eagles goalkeeper on Sunday, acknowledging the outpouring of support from well-wishers.
The emotional display of solidarity was evident as fans paraded a banner in support of Ikeme during the clash between Wolves and QPR. Wolves also expressed their gratitude, tweeting, “Thanks to the supporters who paraded the @Carl_Ikeme banner y’day & @QPR, where Carl was on loan, for allowing them to do so. #teamkemes.”
Meanwhile, Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr expressed his hope that Ikeme would join the team in Russia for the 2018 World Cup after Nigeria secured qualification with an unbeaten record in Group B. Despite making only one appearance in the World Cup qualifiers against Zambia in Ndola, Ikeme’s potential return to full health is a source of joy for the team.
“It will be a great pleasure if he (Ikeme) is fully recovered and can come with us to Russia,” Rohr remarked after Nigeria’s victory over Zambia in Uyo. With Nigeria topping Group B with 13 points from five matches, Rohr and the entire football community eagerly anticipate Ikeme’s recovery and potential participation in the World Cup journey.