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Following his retirement from professional football, Carl Ikeme will have the opportunity to move into coaching and assume a role with the Nigerian national team.

The former Wolverhampton Wanderers player announced his retirement from the game at age 32 last Friday.

This comes in the wake of his battle against acute leukaemia, with Ikeme announcing in June that he was in complete remission from the disease.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) have announced that they will offer Ikeme a coaching education and then absorb him into the technical team of the Super Eagles.

“Carl Ikeme was an embodiment of absolute dedication, commitment and patriotic fervour in the games that he played for the Super Eagles,” said NFF General Secretary Dr Mohammed Sanusi.

“The circumstances of his retirement from the game are somewhat depressing, even as we thank God for his life.

“The Nigeria Football Federation will find the resources to send him 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.”

Dr Sanusi also revealed that the NFF knew about Ikeme’s plan to retire from football: “A few weeks ago, he had spoken on phone with the NFF President and first Vice President of CAF, Mr Amaju Melvin Pinnick, to intimate him on his (Ikeme’s) desire to retire.

“Even though he was sad about, the NFF president commended his fighting spirit and respected his decision, and also said he would rather allow the player or his club to break the news.”

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