Carl Onora Ikeme In Good Health, Back As BT Sports Pundit

By Sport Editor
Former Super Eagles and Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Onora Ikeme resumed his television punditry role for BT Sports in the Premier League at the weekend when Wolves defeated Leicester City 4-3 at the Molineux Stadium on Saturday. The 32-year-old who spent his entire career at Wolves, making 207 appearances across all competitions was diagnosed with an acute leukaemia in July, 2017 after returning abnormal blood tests during a routine pre-season check-up. He also missed being in goal for Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Wolves won the English Championship title and returned to the Premier League, but Ikeme took no part due to his ill-health and subsequent treatment. Ikeme who was in complete remission after a tough year and intense chemotherapy finally announced his retirement from football on medical grounds on 27 July, 2018. The former Nigeria international, however, made a comeback to the public glare on Saturday when Wolves hosted Leicester City in a Premier League encounter at the Molineux Stadium.

Ikeme who made one Premier League appearance for Wolves in 2012 looked radiant and appeared to be in great health as he previewed the match on BT Sports and predicted a 1-0 win for his former club. Wolves, however, defeated the Foxes 4-3 with attacking midfielder, Diogo Jota netting a hat-trick. Ryan Bennet netted the other goal for the Nuno Espirito Santos’ team. Conor Coady scored an own goal to gift Leicester City the second of their three. Demarai Gray and Wes Morgan netted the other two. The duo of Ikeme’s former Nigeria teammates; Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho featured for Leicester City in the match.

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