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#OneCarlIkeme: Seaman, Casillas & other goalkeepers rhyme on as Carl Ikeme hangs gloves

14:18 BST 27/07/2018
Carl Ikeme
The Nigeria goalkeeper has called time on his career and his fellows might just have done the best readaptation of the Cuban classic as a tribute

“One Carl Ikeme, there's only One Carl Ikeme…”

Goalkeepers across the world are harmonising to the classic Wolverhampton Wanderers fans’ chant as one of them, Carl Ikeme, bows out of active football.

On Friday, Ikeme announced his retirement from the round leather game as he continues his successful recovery from cancer.

In July 2017, the 32-year-old pre-season preparations with Wolves [for 2017-18 campaign] took a drastic turn after a test on the club’s no. 1 returned some abnormal blood tests, with further medical examinations revealing he was suffering from Leukaemia.

Last month, the ex-Nigeria international’s health received a boost. But a month later - a year after the incident - the shot-stopper has decided to hang his gloves.

And the Goalkeepers' Union, who have been supportive during Ikeme’s trying time, jumped on Wolves’ faithful ‘One Carl Ikeme’ chant - a readaptation of the classic Cuban folk song ‘Guantanamera’.

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Boaz Myhill kick-started the video that witnessed cameos from a host of former and active goalkeepers, including David Seaman, Joe Hart, Iker Casillas and Petr Cech, to pay a rhythmic tribute to Ikeme.

During the course of his professional career, Ikeme made 200 appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers - a club he joined aged 14 - and had loan spells at eight other clubs including Leicester City, Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers.

He also played 10 games for Nigeria, but missed out on the chance to represent the country at the 2018 World Cup in Russia due to the illness.