Legendary Nigerian footballer and philanthropist, Nwankwo Kanu, is launching the biggest lotto in Africa to raise funds for the Kanu Heart Foundation (KHF) and help build a specialist cardiac hospital in Abuja.
Nigeria and Arsenal youngster, Alex Iwobi has revealed what Gunners legend, Nwankwo Kanu told him regarding his rapid rise in the Gunners team.
Iwobi was quoted by the club’s official website saying that the former Nigerian international encouraged him to remain relaxed and keep on working hard.
Arsene Wenger’s men started the current English Premier League on a high, but have seen their title hopes slip away in recent weeks – the 19-year-old, though, has done himself justice with a string of impressive performances.
Iwobi has scored two goals, assisting a further two in nine EPL games, having forced his way into the starting eleven in early March.
“As a kid, especially playing at Arsenal, I did look up to him [Kanu]. He was just a classy player and I have spoken to him a few times as well,” Iwobi told the club’s website.
“We have had conversations about Nigeria, about myself and what I need to do. [He says] to just be relaxed and he congratulated me and told me I was doing well.
“To hear that [praise] from such a player like him is crazy and I just have to prove him right. I don’t feel pressure, it is just a privilege to hear that.”
Iwobi played 75 minutes as the north London club were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw by Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Sunday. He will be hoping to continue his run in the team when they host West Bromwich Albion on Thursday night.
Eagles’ AFCON exit
Former Super Eagles captain, Nwankwo Kanu has criticised the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) leadership which he says contributed to the national team failing to qualify for two consecutive Africa Cup of Nations.
Nwankwo Kanu has celebrated the appointment of former Ajax Amsterdam midfielder, Sunday Oliseh as the new coach of the Super Eagles by the Nigeria Football Federation.