Another Nigerian goalkeeper down with cancer
Another Nigerian goalkeeper down with cancer
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Another Nigerian goalkeeper down with cancer

Most people do not want to remember the pain of losing the services of former Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme to the dreaded disease called cancer.

It was in June 2017, two years down the line, and the Super Eagles have not replaced him in that role.

Just about that time, another Nigerian goalkeeper Bidemi Aluko was diagnosed with breast cancer, and just like Ikeme, her world has changed.

But the bad part of Bidemi's story is that, she is not as influential as Ikeme who at the time of his diagnosis, was a first choice for English Championship club Wolves. He got all the support globally and treatment was quick, and he is recovering now.

For Bidemi, she was keeping for Nigeria Women's Professional League side, Rivers Angels, when she discovered her ordeal.

The 26-year-old has also had stints with the U17 and U20 national teams, but none of these have earned her the publicity she needs at this crucial time of her life.

According to a Punch report, the Nigeria House of Representatives have asked the Federal Ministry of Youths and Sports Development to take care of her medical bills and fly her to India or Israel for further treatment.

The motion was brought under matters of Urgent Public Importance by Ibrahim Olanrewaju, a representative from Ekiti State, where Aluko hails from.

“Bidemi once played football for Sunshine Queens of Akure and the FCT Queens of Abuja as a goalkeeper and helped one of the clubs to the third position in the Women’s National League in 2009.

“She was also part of the Nigerian under-17 women’s football team popularly known as the Flamingoes in 2010. Bidemi went on to be among the 25 players known as the Falconets, who represented Nigeria in South Korea.

“She underwent mastectomy on her left breast and has since then undergone eight rounds of chemotherapy. Bidemi also had 12 rounds of radiation treatment, costing her family millions of naira in the process.

“After all these treatments, Bidemi started to feel pains and her doctor has recommended another higher chemotherapy treatment.

“The painful aspect of it all now is the fact that she and her family do not have the financial capacity to shoulder the financial burden of the said medical attention."

Now she needs the most important help of her life, and it's time to give her without delay.