Exactly a week today, news broke that Super Eagles goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, has been diagnosed with acute leukaemia. Messages of support started pouring in for the goalkeeper, with some big wigs in football paying him a visit at the hospital.
Although Ikeme, who plays for Wolverhampton in the English Championship, won’t be taking part in the 2017-18 season, Wolverhampton has announced that the 31-year-old will retain the club’s number one jersey for the coming season.
According to a press statement, this is one of the initiatives by the club to show support for Ikeme and to raise money for him. Money raised will be channelled to Cure Leukaemia, a charity in Birmingham, which will then use it for Ikeme’s treatment.
Wolverhampton will be playing against Middlesbrough on August 5, and as a huge crowd is expected, the club will be donating 10% of gate receipts to Cure Leukaemia for all home match tickets purchased. In addition, the charity will be doing a bucket collection at the stadium during the match.
Another initiative being championed by Wolverhampton for Ikeme is the sales of the 2017-18 season goalkeeper kits. All profits from this will also be donated to the charity for Ikeme’s treatment.
While we’ll be missing Ikeme at Super Eagles and Wolves games, we wish him a quick recovery.