President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick on Monday paid a visit to ailing Super Eagles goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, in hospital.
Ikeme was diagnosed with acute leukemia nine months ago after returning “abnormal blood tests” during pre-season testing at English club Wolverhampton Wanderers. He had to undergo chemotherapy.
Pinnick visited the hospital in England alongside the NFF Vice President, Seyi Akinwunmi and General Secretary, Mohammed Sanusi.
Also in the delegation are Super Eagles’ Team Administrator, Dayo Enebi, Eagles’ goalkeepers’ trainer Alloy Agu and team media officer, Toyin Ibitoye.
Speaking during the visit, Pinnick said: “We have come on behalf of the Government of Nigeria and the NFF to check up on you, find out how your recovery is going and to tell you that you are still very much on our minds and a member of the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
“We have also come to seek your permission to be our special guest at the pre- World Cup friendly game against England at the Wembley Stadium on 2nd June. We want you to perform the customary kick-off of that game and if you approve of it, we will immediately request this of The Football Association.”