Former Nigeria goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, says he nonetheless regrets not representing Nigeria on the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Completesportsnigeria.com stories.
Ikeme, 32, grew to become Nigeria’s first selection goalkeeper in 2015 after Vincent Enyeama stop worldwide soccer following a bitter row with then Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh.
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers goalie was in goal in Nigeria’s opening three games within the qualifiers however missed the remainder of the qualifying games and the 2018 World Cup finals after he was recognized with acute leukaemia in July 2017.
“The World Cup was the hardest thing, football-wise, for me to deal with,” Ikeme advised BBC.com.
“When we performed England at Wembley in June, I felt it ought to have been me. It was the identical in the course of the first match of the World Cup. It just isn’t a case of life not being honest, extra that each child needs to play at one.
“I watched the matches via a number of angles. Even although I had my very own points, I couldn’t suppose the games didn’t matter. I had an emotional involvement.
“They have been my team-mates. People I class as buddies. When Argentina scored within the final minute to knock us out, I used to be indignant in my front room. I felt unhealthy as a fan. I felt unhappy for my team-mates and unhappy for Nigeria.
“I can’t clarify how joyous enjoying for Nigeria was for me. To know my complete household was proud. To know I used to be representing 200 million people who find themselves mad about soccer. I like it there.
“I’ve unfinished business with Nigeria. I’ve spoken to the supervisor, Gernot Rohr, about studying from him; concerning the set-up and understanding the ways from the sidelines. He has provided me the chance to go and be considered one of his assistants, which is nice.
“I am hoping to be involved in an upcoming fixture against Libya in October. If not that one, the next.”