Eagles 1st Choice Goalie, Carl Ikeme Is Out Of Crucial WC Qualifier With Algeria
Super Eagles number one goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme has been ruled out of the much talk about 2018 World Cup qualifier with Algeria in Uyo, November 12.
In a letter to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ikeme announced his withdrawal from the tie following a hip injury he sustained while on duty for Wolverhampton Wanderers in a Championship clash with Blackburn Rovers.
According to Super Eagles team secretary Dayo Enebi, the goalkeeper had written to the federation to inform it that he would not been able to recover in time for the clash which comes up in ten days time.
“Carl sent an email yesterday to inform the federation to exclude him from the Algeria game due to an injury he sustained on Saturday,” he said.
“He will not be available for the game as he will definitely not be fit in time for the game against Algeria.
“For now we have not decided who will be invited in his place.”
This is a turnaround from the claims of NFF boss Amaju Pinnick, who told newsmen yesterday that the shot-stopper would be available for the game.
Ikeme, lays claim to the Eagles first choice since veteran Vincent Enyeama decided to retire from international football and he has being a good replacement for the French based goalkeeper.
Eagles handler Gernot Rohr is now left with the largely untested duo of FC Ifeanyi Ubah’s Ikechukwu Ezenwa and Portugal based Dele Alampasu.
Although, the window is still open for him to call a replacement, with Dream Team VI goalkeepers Emmanuel Daniel of Enugu Rangers and South Africa based Daniel Akpeyi the likely options.