Monday, March 28, 2011

Ronaldo, Eto'o Others for Nwankwo Kanu Testimonial

After 17 years of meritorious service to the nation, former Captain of the Super Eagles, Nwankwo Kanu declared that he was a fulfilled man as he looks forward to his testimonial match in Lagos to officially end his international soccer career.

The testimonial match between Kanu and Friends (a selected World XI) and the Nigerian national team has been slated for June 11, 2011 in Lagos.

Kanu 's friends, mostly his former teammates from Ajax, Inter Milan, Arsenal, West Brom and Portsmouth along with some selected star players will file out against a Nigerian All Star team dating from the Super Eagles teams of 1993/94, the Olympic Gold medal winning team of 1996, and some players of the current Eagles squad who played with Kanu.

Among the notable soccer stars that would grace the event are Patrick Vieira, the Cole brothers (Joe and Andy), Ronaldo, Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o Fils, Togolese Emmanuel Adebayor and many others.

This will be a special day for him and his charity organization, the Kanu Heart Foundation (KHF) as the proceeds of the event will be used to pursue the objectives of the Foundation which is largely to assist Africans particularly children in the treatment of heart related ailments.

"It is going to be a great day and event, everybody will be there and it's going to be a roll-call of World's best players, a roll-call of 'who is who in world football," he enthused.

Continuing Papilo, as he fondly called by fans said, " I'm a fulfilled man, my story has been a good story and I'm happy for that. When my DVD, the 'Story of Kanu Nwankwo' is out, it'll touch the hearts of the young ones.

Some of them believe that there's a short cut to success.

"Some of my friends are planning to have a testimonial for me in June, Kanu said, adding, "I think after 17 years in the national team, they appreciate what I have done and want to give me a befitting send off."


Related stories: Portsmouth coach Ian Woan tags Nwankwo Kanu a magician

Nwankwo Kanu to retire from international football after World Cup

Video - Djimon Hounsou talks about Kanu's road to the 2010 World Cup

No comments:

Post a Comment