The NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi said, “What? This is very, very sad. Carl Ikeme diagnosed with acute leukemia? This is harsh.”
Sanusi stated that the NFF and the Nigerian Football family would rally round him during this difficult period.
The official statement reads, “our thoughts are with Carl at this difficult period. The NFF and the football fraternity in Nigeria are taken aback by this sad development, knowing how strong Carl has been in goal for Nigeria since he made his debut in 2015. We have been told that he will start chemotherapy immediately. We want him to stay strong and remain the self assured man that he has always been, and we will continue to pray for him and wish him the best with regards to the treatment".