Wolverhampton Wanderers of England goalkeeper, Carl Onuoha Ikeme has received another emotional lift in his battle against leukaemia, as players of the Super Eagles, as well as coaches and officials of the Nigerian national team have dedicated Friday’s match to him.
Ikeme is out of the World Cup back-to-back qualifiers against Cameroon due to the ailment he was diagnosed with in June, but his colleagues and crew members have already donned customised t-shirts bearing his portrait on all, to show they have him in mind.
The team launched the customised vests during Wednesday’s media parley, during which Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr said they aim to win Friday’s match in Uyo to honour Ikeme and give him something to cheer in his recovery task.
The 31-year-old shot-stopper has been Eagles first-choice since making his debut on September 5 against Tanzania but his place in Rohr’s squad was dealt a blow when he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July.
However, Rohr says they always have Ikeme in mind and promised that the team will play to win for him in Friday’s FIFA World Cup qualifier.
“We put on the T-shirts to show solidarity to our teammate (Ikeme). We want to show him that we are with him and to tell him to be strong. Against Cameroon, all of us will play for him,” Rohr said.