According to reports on Sunday, the Nigerian apex football body have agreed to employ retired shot-stopper Carl Ikeme after coaching education.

This was disclosed by the General Secretary of the Nigeria football federation Mohammed Sanusi. The Secretary confirmed that the NFF have been with Ikeme following his retirement announcement on Friday.

“Carl Ikeme was an absolute embodiment of dedication, commitment and patriotism in all the games he played for The Super eagles”. “The circumstance surrounding his retirement are somewhat depressing, even as we thank God for his life”. “The Nigerian football federation will find resources to send him on a coaching course, and afterwards absorb him into the technical crew of the Super eagles”. “That’s the least we can do for such a dedicated patriot”.

Sanusi also revealed that the football federation was aware of Ikeme’s plans. “A few weeks ago, he had spoken on the phone with NFF President Amaju Pinnick to intimate him on his desire to retire”. “Even though he was sad about it, the NFF President commended his fighting spirit and respected his decision, and also said he would rather allow the player or club break the news”

Carl Ikeme retired from football on Friday after previously diagnosed of acute leukemia by his doctors at club side Wolves in July 2017. Ikeme while with the club played 191 games and was key to the team’s promotion to the premier league last season. He also featured for the national team in the qualifying games of the 2018 world cup.