How Injury Cost Me France ’98 World Cup Shirt – Ike Shorunmu


BEVERLY HILLS, July 09, (THEWILL) – Former national team goalkeeper and current Super Eagles goalkeeper coach, Ike Shorunmu, has explained how an injury made it impossible for him to play for the Super Eagles in the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

The former Super Eagles shot-stopper stated this in an exclusive interview with Complete Sports, stressing that it was a very difficult period in his career.

He said: “I was playing for FC Zurich of Switzerland then. It was a local derby match against Grasshoppers. It was the second to the last match of the season and I sustained an arm injury.

“It was so bad that I didn’t just only miss the Super Eagles World Cup in France, but also stayed out of action for six months. And you know, in football, goalkeeping is a special area that once you are out and the reserve keeper comes in and does well, it becomes difficult for you to reclaim your position.

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“But I was lucky that after I recovered, the FC Zurich coach restored me to my position. But in truth, that was the biggest downside of my career.”

THEWILL reports that Ike has had managerial spells at Heartland, FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Enyimba.