President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Amaju Pinnick, has reassured ailing Eagles goalie Carl Ikeme that the football body has not forgotten him.
Ikeme manned the goal for the team during the preliminary rounds of the 2018 World Cup qualifier and in the match of the group phase against Zambia in Ndola.
However, he was last year diagnosed with acute leukaemia after returning “abnormal blood tests” in English Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers’ pre-season training and underwent chemotherapy.
Speaking during the visit to Ikeme on Monday, Pinnick who led a delegation of the football body, said they came to check on him, wishing him a speedy recovery.
“We have come on behalf of the Government of Nigeria and the NFF to check up on you, find out how your recovery is going and to tell you that you are still very much on our minds and a member of the Super Eagles of Nigeria,” Pinnick said The Christie Clinic in Manchester, where Ikeme is being treated.
“We have also come to seek your permission to be our special guest at the pre-World Cup friendly game against England at the Wembley Stadium on 2nd June.
“We want you to perform the customary kick-off of that game and if you approve of it, we will immediately request this of The Football Association.”
The former Delta FA boss added that, “this is just a phase that will pass away.
“You will come out of it stronger and still be able to do what you love to do the best, both for your club and the Super Eagles of Nigeria.”
Nigeria will take on Serbia on Tuesday in England as they prepare for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.