NFF to offer Ikeme coaching role

Nigeria plan to offer Carl Ikeme a role on Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr's back-room staff after announcing his retirement at the age of 32.

The Nigeria international was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in July 2017, but announced he was in "complete remission" after "a tough year and intense chemotherapy" in June.

While his retirement comes after consulting medical experts, Nigeria's Football Federation (NFF) says it plans to offer Ikeme a job when he completes his badge as a goalkeeper trainer.

"The NFF will find the resources to send Carl Ikeme on a coaching course, and afterwards absorb him into the technical crew of the Super Eagles," NFF general secretary, Mohammed Sanusi, said in a statement.

"That is the least we can do for such a dedicated patriot.

"He was an embodiment of absolute dedication, commitment and patriotic fervour in the games that he played for the Super Eagles.

"The circumstances of his retirement from the game are somewhat depressing, even as we thank God for his life," Sanusi added.

Ikeme made his Super Eagles debut in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Tanzania in September 2015.

 

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