The Real Reason behind Carl Ikeme Retirement
The news Broke on Friday that Carl Ikeme former Super Eagles Goal keeper had announced his retirement from professional football even after earlier reports had stated that he was in remission from his Cancer affliction and probably was in with a chance to return to the game.
The 32-year-old Wolves GoalKeeper had spent the previous 12 months battling the deadly disease, playing his last match in a victory over Fulham in March 2017.
Ikeme made more than 200 appearances for Wolves, the club he joined as a 14-year-old, winning two promotions, and also spent several spells on loan at Accrington, Stockport, Charlton, Sheffield United, QPR, Leicester, Middlesbrough and Doncaster.
Ikeme said on Wolves TV: “After speaking to the doctor, he suggested I should retire; just the treatment, the toll it’s taken on my body. I can’t risk trying to come back even though i want to so bad so that i can inspire someone out there,
“My health’s the main thing and I just want to be here for my children and family and friends. It’s difficult when you look back at what you’ve gone through in your football career, but in the grand scheme of things, with your life in danger, it’s a minimum price I have to pay.”
The truth is however, Ikeme knew that at his current age and overall state of health,the best decision was to call time on his career
Yes Progress in modern medicine means that treatment can now aim for complete remission in Cancer patients life, but that is only where the traces of the disease goes away completely for at least 5 years after treatment.
As far back as 1975, the chances of a patient surviving for 5 years or more after receiving a diagnosis of leukemia were Less than 50%.By 2009, this figure has improved. The Triggers that would ensure he doesn’t attain complete remission definitely abound in the game of football. Stress, injuries,and being among smokers, etc will be common and will not augur well for the player. so his decision is probably wise in the grand scheme of things.
Wolves executive chairman said:
Carl is strong, a fighter, something he has proven in his playing career and also during what has been a very challenging time for him, so I have no doubt he will be a success in whatever he does next.
“We wish Carl all the very best for the future, but remind him he will always remain a part of the Wolves family.”