The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have expressed concern over the stolen awards of the former Super Eagles captain and Arsenal player, Nwankwo Kanu.
Hoodlums were reported to have broken into the 48-year old’s Hardley Hotel Suites in Victoria Island. They carted away all the awards, plaques, and trophies amassed by the captain.
This is coming after the Nigerian won a legend award at the African Football Awards Ceremony held in Dakar, Senegal.
The NFF President, Amaju Pinnick urged the police to gather forces to track down the burglars. Pinnick hammered on the fact that the burglars should have been considerate. This is not unrelated to the fact that the soccer legend has been involved in a lot of charitable works, most notably, his Heart Foundation.
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The Nigerian legend plied his trade in England playing for clubs like Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth. He will be remembered at the Emirates for his goal from the corner flag.
Point often overlooked is that he also played for top clubs like Inter Milan and Ajax in the Serie A and Eredivise respectively.
His CV boasts a UEFA Champions League, UEFA Cup, three FA Cups and two African Player of the Year awards.
Markedly, the Nigerian striker led the Nigerian U-17 team to win the first Olympic gold medal at Atlanta, 1996. In this event, he registered the winning goal in a 4-3 victory over Brazil in the semi-finals.
The Owerri-born African legend is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. As a matter of fact, he is also a StarTimes and African brand ambassador.
At Arsenal he was best known for his prowess as a substitute. In the first place, he made a total of 198 appearances as a substitute, the third highest substitute appearance in the Premier League era.
In summary, the striker has won a number of individual awards including African Footballer of the Year (1996, 1999) and BBC African Footballer of the Year (1997, 1999).