Newly elected President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Musa Ahmadu Kida, has made out a solidarity message for the Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme who has been diagnosed with leukaemia. Kida is backing the shot stopper to recover and return fully to work.


Kida said what Ikeme needs now is support from Nigerians and friends across the world through prayers and goodwill messages.

Kida said, “Any news that is not helpful to any federation in Nigeria touches us all and indeed this one on Ikeme touches not on Nigerians but truly across humanity. The world is still battling to have a permanent cure for cancer and so we are very emotional when a loved one is hit by it.

“But I say this believing that Carl will come out of this stronger. We have seen some other people survive cancer and so we in the world of Nigeria basketball are backing him to come out well and return to very active life again. We join hands with the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and the other members of the Nigeria football family to wish Carl victory in this very crucial battle.”

Pinnick was one of those who sent early goodwill messages to the Nigerian. Sports minister Solomon Dalung has also sent his message stating how devastated he was. Nigerian players and their colleagues from across the world have also sent goodwill thoughts on Ikeme. On Friday Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea posted on his Twitter handle, “All goalkeepers and the football family are with you!”

Ikeme is responding positively to the get-well messages. On Monday he sent message via Twitter handle, “Thank you all for your kindness and love. The start of a new chapter and ready to give it my all.”


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