- Carl Ikeme's mum reveals how devastating she felt after hearing of her son's illness
- The goalkeeper was diagnosed with blood cancer in the summer of 2017 while on pre-season tour
- Ikeme is now in full remission and has written a book to share his experience
Former Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme was forced to retire from active football early in his career after being diagnosed with a life-threatening disease in 2017.
The 33-year-old was on a pre-season tour with Wolverhampton Wanderers when it was discovered he had blood cancer.
After the discovery, the former Nigeria international called his mother Jackie to share the unpleasant with her.
She said while recounting her experience that it was the day she would never forget which was captured in the footballer’s new book, Why Not Me.
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"I won’t ever forget the day of his diagnosis – Wednesday, July 5, 2017. It was about 4 o’clock, and I was at his Nan’s house," Sporting Life report.
“He phoned me up and said: “Are you alright, Mum?” I said yes, and then he asked if I was at work, and I said: “No, why? What do you want?”
"It was then that he let out this terrible cry and was sobbing, and he couldn’t get his words out.
"I can still recall the moment vividly, as Carl said that he’d got blood cancer, and feared that he was never going to see his daughter grow up.
She added that: "I put my arm around him and said I was going to help him get through this, and I said we were going to do this right because we were only going to do it once.
"I didn’t say it at the time, but of course, that thought went through my head: ‘Are we going to lose him?’
"As any parent would say, I would have taken this for myself, rather than to see Carl going through it,” narrated Ikeme’s mum who lost her father at the age of 26.
The goalkeeper was able to overcome his challenges after just one year, but she admitting that incredibly tough and strong all the way.
Legit.ng earlier reported that former Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has expressed desires to return to Wolverhampton Wanderers on an official capacity.
The 33-year-old goaltender was forced to retire from football after he was diagnosed with acute leukemia after returning abnormal blood tests during a routine pre-season check-up.
One year after, the English born Nigerian star announced he has come in "complete remission" but will never return to the sticks.
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