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Iceland send get well soon message to Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme

Iceland send get well soon message to Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme

- Nigeria will battle Iceland in their second Group D clash at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia on Friday, June 22

- The Super Eagles kicked off their 2018 campaign on a losing note after bowing to Croatia in their opening game

- Meanwhile, Iceland have sent a get well message to Carl Ikeme, who is not part of this championship due to illness

Super Eagles next foe Iceland national team have looked beyond pitch hostilities to send a get well soon message to Nigeria and Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme.

The 32-year-old goaltender was diagnosed with acute leukemia a couple of weeks to the commencement of last season.

He is currently receiving treatment at a London hospital with the aim of returning to football as soon as possible.

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And the team's forward Jon Dadi Bodvarsson posted a picture confirming their support for the Nigerian shot-stopper, who started the qualification process with the three-time AFCON kings.

Ikeme broke into the Super Eagles team in 2015 after being discovered by former manager Sunday Oliseh, and up until he was diagnosed by the life threatening illness, he has made 10 appearances for his west African country.

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He joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2003 but has spent some time on loan at Leicester City, Queens Park Rangers, Middlesbrough and a few other clubs before sealing the number position at the club.

Meanwhile, Nigeria will be hoping they can beat the Icelandic team in their second Group D fixture this weekend having lost their opening match to Croatia.

An own goal from Oghenekaro Etebo and a penalty from Luka Modric handed the Croats the victory, while Iceland forced Argentina to a 1-1 draw in their first game.

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As it stands, Gernot Rohr's men are at the base of the table and they have been condemned to win their remaining games to stand a chance of reaching the next round of the competition. previously reported that the Super Eagles of Nigeria tasted their first defeat to Croatia as they lost by 2-0 in their opening match of Group D.

Ogehenekaro Etebor unfortunately scored an own goal as Mario Manduzkic's flying header came off his foot and the ball rolled into the net to put Croatia ahead.

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Gernot Rohr's men did not create a meaningful chance in the first half but came back strongly in the second half.

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