Following his retirement announcement, the Nigeria Football Federation has offered a lifeline to former Super Eagles first choice goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme. Recall that the 32 year-old called time on his football career following a year-long battle with cancer.

In a statement signed by its general secretary Mohammed Sanusi, the NFF stated plans to offer Ikeme a role once he earns the required coaching credentials.

“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. 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.”