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By Izuchukwu Okosi
Former Arsenal striker and two time Africa Footballer of the Year in 1996 and 1999, Nwankwo Kanu Thursday confirmed that the Kanu Heart Foundation which he established in 2000 is set for a fund raising match on 30 September 2018 which will be graced by global superstars of the game.
Kanu was diagnosed of suffering a heart defect whilst playing for Serie A giants Inter Milan and had to go through an operation to correct the ailment.
Speaking to Sky Sports further about the game to hold at the Barnet FC Stadium at 15.00 ‘Papilo’ said:
“Its a fund raising game for Kanu Heart Foundation. It was established by me in the year 2000.
“Until now, we have done 542 operations for children meaning we’ve saved 542 lives but we have about 200 on the waiting list. If adults can go through this painful stuff, how about the kids.
“Thanks to the ‘big man’ Sol Campbell and other stars like Robert Pires, Teddy Sheringham, Emile Heskey who have agreed to be part of this match. To my surprise, everyone contacted said ‘yes, yes, yes’ they’ll be part of it. Harry Redknapp will also be the manager of the team, Masters of the Game versus African Legends. Its like a Cup game and will be called the Petroflex Cup,” Kanu disclosed.
The former Nigeria captain who joined the Gunners in January 1999 then expressed his opinion about the present strike force at the club.
“When I played with the likes of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Sylvian Wilford, there were leaders in the team unlike the present team. Its good to be friends, but you have to tell your teammates the truth when they are not playing well.
On the tough start to the 2018/2019 season for Unai Emery’s team, Kanu stated it should be considered a good omen.
“Its a tough start but a good one because it will make the players want to show the manager that they are the best for their positions. Emery bought good players, world class players at PSG, and he has bought some equally good players at Arsenal”.
Kanu bought by former manager Arsene Wenger reminiscences about the Frenchman.
“He was a great coach and stayed for 22 years which was enough. It was a change and one that hopefully will bode well,” Kanu reasoned.