Thursday, April 7, 2011

Portsmouth Honours Nwankwo Kanu With Lifetime Award

Newly appointed Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Ambassador, Nwankwo Kanu on Monday night added another award to his already bulging collection, when he was given a Lifetime Achievement award by Portsmouth Football Club.

The lavish ceremony, which held at the Championship side's home ground of Fratton Park, also saw striker David Nugent being crowned Player of the Year.

The ceremony, which was also organised in conjunction with the city's main newspaper, The News, was to honour outstanding individuals who had contributed to the success of the club this season.

A very delighted Kanu, who was the last to be given his award, said he could not thank the club and her fans enough for all the support he had received since joining six years ago.

"I'm very very happy to receive such an award it shows how much the club and fans appreciate me," said the former Super Eagles skipper Tuesday.

He said it was such gestures that played a big part in his decision to stay with the club even when they were relegated last season.

Although the former Arsenal star only joined the club on the final day of the of the start of the 2006/07 season at the behest of former manager, Harry Redknapp, Kanu has engraved his name in the annals of Portsmouth FC folk law when he helped ensure that Portsmouth ended a 50-year wait for a trophy with the 2008 FA Cup.

It was in his second season at Portsmouth, that Kanu scored in both the FA Cup 1-0 semi-final win against West Bromwich Albion and the 1-0 win in the final against Cardiff City, earning him a third FA Cup winner's medal, after two previous honours with Arsenal.

Kanu, who has so far played 126 games for the South coast seaside team, still has two more years to run on the contract extension he signed last season.

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